Greek statement from EU Interior Commissioner: ‘Pushing asylum seekers back to Turkey’

Johansson told the BBC that the Greek government should stop the illegal deportation of migrants arriving at the country’s borders.

Ylva Johansson assessed that well-founded reports on push-backs at sea and on land are a violation of core European values.

Emphasizing that pushbacks challenge the fundamental values ​​of the EU and must be stopped, Johansson said: “While we protect our borders, we protect our values. There can be no conflict between them. Why are we proud to be European? Why is the EU a place where many people want to live? It is our values, our defense of fundamental rights,” he said.


Natasha Dailiani, the defense lawyer of Legal Center Lesvos, a non-governmental organization operating in Greece, also stated that there are international obligations against asylum seekers and that Greece must fulfill them.

Dailiani pointed out that pushbacks are also a violation of EU law, and stated that the right to seek asylum is included in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Greece’s Ministry of Immigration and Refugees, which denied pushbacks and argued that it stopped illegal trafficking of people into Europe, turned down the BBC’s request for an interview.


Greece, which deploys deafening electronic devices on its borders under the pretext of fighting against the illegal immigration wave and systematically applies the violence and “push back” method against irregular immigrants, continues to violate international law and EU rules.

The practices of the Greek coast guard forces, which forcibly pushed back the asylum seeker boats trying to cross from the coastal regions of Turkey to the Greek islands such as Lesbos, Samos and Kos by sea, are reflected in the news of international media organizations and the reports of impartial non-governmental organizations (NGO).

According to the information compiled by the AA correspondent from the reports published by Amnesty International as well as NGOs working on the situation of refugees in the Aegean, Greece uses tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to those who try to cross its land borders in Meriç, the border region with Turkey.

Witnesses to the violence point to numerous violations of the law, including excessive use of force by Greek border units, beatings, use of real ammunition, illegal detention and systematic push-backs to Turkey.

It is seen that the EU Coast Guard and Border Agency (FRONTEX) is also involved in the violence and systematic push-backs applied to the immigrants by the Greek elements, in the incidents documented with visuals by international media organizations.

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by

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