Migrants from Greek islands sent back to Turkey after failing to seek asylum

uni1461753952{BNN} – ATHENS, Greece – Migrants in a Greek detention camp reportedly pelted stones at the police, following the departure of two ferries taking refugees back to Turkey.

About 49 migrants from Greece’s Kos, Chios and Lesbos islands were reported to have been sent back to Turkey as they failed to successfully apply for asylum in Greece. The migrants were said to have arrived in Greece on March 20 as part of the terms of the negotiations struck with the European Union to control the flow of immigrants.

According to reports, a police spokesperson said that garbage cans were set on fire within a Moira detention compound on Lesbos island.

Earlier, 200 youths were reported to have barged through a barrier, but were retained by forces.

The spokesperson added that the atmosphere was tense but the situation is now under control. A few youngsters who were reportedly injured mildly in the scuffle were being treated for their injuries.

Organisations supporting the rights of these migrants have expressed their qualms about the living conditions in the Moira compound in Lesbos, where the clashes were reported to have broken out between refugees and the police forces.

Reports state that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been questioning the moral and ethical value of the deal with the EU and has also voiced concerns about the safety levels in Turkey.

Further, organisations are said to have quoted ‘refoulement’, an aspect of international laws that forbids sending victims back to their perpetrators, which in this case is a country.

The EU reportedly responded by saying that Turkey has formally assured them access to asylum procedures granted to asylum-seeking returnee. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.