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Germany To Return Refugees to Greece

PHOTOGRAPH: Twitter/ekathimerini | The refugee crisis in Greece has reached an all-time low as Germany declared that they will be turning back newly-arrived asylum seekers by March. Photo Credits: Twitter/ekathimerini

Germany will begin returning newly-arrived asylum seekers by March of this year. This is according to a spokesperson of the interior ministry. The decision effectively reverses a five-year suspension of the so-called Dublin Rules.

Germany Lifts Suspension of Dublin Rules

The Dublin Rules state that would-be refugees must seek asylum in the first EU member state they arrive at. Historically speaking, this usually means Greece, Italy and Bulgaria. Then, if these asylum seekers move on to other EU member countries, then that country must return them to their original port of call.

But, in 2011, Germany decided to suspend the Dublin Rules for Greece. The reason was relief of too many refugees. Greece, together with Italy, have been the main port of entry of asylum seekers, Al Jazeera noted.

One million immigrants have arrived in Europe since 2015. The refugees left their home countries in the Middle East and Africa due to unending war and poverty. Germany said that they would re-implement the Dublin Rules by March 15.

The EU first recommended on December 8 that their member nations should reactivate the Dublin Rules and return immigrants to Greece. The Migration Minister of Greece, Yiannis Mouzalas said that the legal framework, as it is, leaves the migration problem to the member states where they first arrived. In Greece, 62,000 refugees remain stranded due to border closures.

As such, those newly-arrived refugees in Germany would have to go back to Greece. Germany said that they are simply following the recommendation of the EU. The EU first recommended on December 8 that their member nations should reactivate the Dublin Rules and return immigrants to Greece.

The Migration Minister of Greece, Yiannis Mouzalas said that the legal framework, as it is, leaves the migration problem to the member states where they first arrived. In Greece, 62,000 refugees remain stranded due to border closures. Refugees desperately need help as temperatures continue to drop in the refugee camps.

In Greece and Greek Islands where the refugees stay, temperatures are as low as negative 18 degrees. Elsewhere, refugees are in the same plight as their new home countries decided to turn them away, making them seem like problems that nobody wants to deal with anymore.

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