It has been reported that Greece will not accept asylum applications made through Turkey.
In a joint statement published by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum, “Greek legislation defines Turkey as a safe third country for refugees. This decision covers asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia.”
In the statement, it was stated that this decision was made by taking into account all the current information about the living conditions and human rights of certain categories of people applying for international protection in Turkey.
Greek Minister of Immigration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis, in a written statement on the subject, underlined that they will no longer accept asylum applications made through Turkey by those coming from these countries, and said, “The characterization of Turkey as a safe third country is important for combating illegal refugee flows and preventing human trafficking It is a step forward,” he said.
Greece often comes to the fore with cases of illegally pushing asylum seekers back to Turkey in the Aegean. Despite the many reports and news of the international press and humanitarian organizations in this direction, the Athens administration does not accept these accusations.