Minister urged to stop detention of migrants beyond 18 months

By momo

Nikos Dendias’ decision is a ‘clear violation’ of EU directives, organisations assisting refugees say
Two migrants have already been told that if they don’t agree to their ‘voluntary’ return by an 18-month deadline, the will remain in detention until they do
(comment by infomobile: any more than two migrants have already received this paper!!!)

Author: Damian Mac Con Uladh in ENET (in english)

The public order minister has been urged to “immediately withdraw” a decision he signed in February that empowers the authorities to prolong the detention of migrants indefinitely, beyond the 18-month limit set down in European Union directives, if they don’t agree to their “voluntary departure” from Greece.

The decision, which has been supported by the State Legal Council, refers to migrants who are being detained pending deportation. If the deportation cannot take place because the individual objects, the new rules enable the authorities to continue to detain the individual concerned until he or she agrees to the deportation.

In letters to the public order minister, Nikos Dendias, as well as to the European commissioner for home affairs, Cecilia Malmström, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, the Greek Council for Refugees and Aitima, an NGO that works with refugees and asylum seekers, …read more

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