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Parliamentary question - E-003532/2021Parliamentary question
E-003532/2021

    The application of the safe third country concept in Greece

    Question for written answer  E-003532/2021
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Damian Boeselager (Verts/ALE), Tineke Strik (Verts/ALE), Alice Kuhnke (Verts/ALE), Damien Carême (Verts/ALE)

    The Greek Asylum Service is dismissing asylum applications by Syrian, Afghan, Somali, Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals as inadmissible based on the safe third country concept, following Greek Joint Ministerial Decision (JMD) 42799/2021 declaring Turkey as a safe third country for the above nationalities.

    The JMD was adopted on the basis of Opinion 8815/14.05.2021 of the Director of the Asylum Service. However, both the Asylum Service and prosecution authorities are refusing to grant asylum seekers whose individual case is being affected by the safe third country concept access to the opinion, on the grounds that they lack sufficient interest. As a result, applicants have no access to information on the application of the safe third country concept in their individual circumstances.

    Last updated: 29 July 2021
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