Migrants: a year since EU-Turkey accord, 'oppressed rights'

Oxfam, inhuman conditions, difficult asylum requests in Greece

17 March, 16:57

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 17 - One year since the EU-Turkey accord on migrants was forged, the agreement has transformed Greece into a ''laboratory'' of the failing policies of EU closure towards tens of thousands of migrants, Oxfam denounced today, together with the International Rescue Committee and Norwegian Refugee Council, in the report on ''The reality of the EU-Turkey accord''. The report cited 29,000 arrivals registered by the UNHCR since March 20, 2016, mostly of people coming from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It stressed that the policies trampled on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, forcing them to survive in inhuman conditions, often in overcrowded centers in the Greek islands, like Chios, Lesvos and Samos. Many spent the winter in tents, exposed to cold temperatures and diseases, without medical assistance or psychological support.

    Procedures to apply for asylum are moreover not very clear, made impossible by infinite obstacles, de facto denying the right to receive protection, the report denounced.

    The organizations denounced how human rights and the right to seek international protection are thus at risk if EU countries will continue to fail to provide adequate responses. (ANSAmed)
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