Greece officials said Tuesday they are temporarily halting the forced deportation of refugees after an overwhelming number of people being held in migrant detention camps submitted applications for asylum.
The announced came amid warnings from the United Nations’ refugee agency that the EU member nation may have “mistakenly” sent asylum-seekers back to Turkey without processing their claims, which would be a violation of international law.
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Vincent Cochetel, director of the UN’s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) bureau in Europe, told the Guardian that 13 Afghan and Congolese people who were among the first wave of refugees sent back to Turkey on Monday had not been allowed to formally register their asylum claims, contradicting statements made by EU officials that all of the people returned so far under the contentious EU-Turkey agreement had done so “voluntarily.”
“For four days after the 20th, the Greek police did not register any intention to seek asylum as they were not prepared [or] equipped for this, so [UNHCR] started providing forms to people who had declared their intention to seek asylum,” Cochetel said.
“The police received most of the people with these forms and…forgot some apparently,” he added. “It is more a mistake than anything else, we hope.”
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