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Parliamentary question - P-000604/2021Parliamentary question

Readmissions between Greece and Turkey

Priority question for written answer  P-000604/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Erik Marquardt (Verts/ALE)

Although Turkey has not accepted any readmissions since March 2020, the Greek authorities have been issuing voluntary departure decisions for Syrian nationals with a final decision rejecting their application as inadmissible (Turkey is considered a ‘safe third country’ for them). These people are requested to depart from Greece within 10, 15 or 30 days, although their applications have not been assessed on their merits. Nevertheless, they are not allowed to enter Turkey, and they cannot return to Syria in view of the ongoing conflict. This has created a situation of refugees ‘in orbit’. At the same time, they no longer have access to material reception conditions, and are facing precarious living conditions amid a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece, which has led to strict lockdown measures.

Last updated: 3 February 2021
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