Another article about the difficulties of seeking asylum in Greece.
The European Council of Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) has called on all European member states “to follow the example of Norway by immediately suspending Dublin transfers to Greece”.
ECRE Secretary General Bjarte Vandvik said recently that
Greece is not a safe place for those in need of protection
Apart from the low recognition rate (less than 1%), there are also allegations of abuse and mistreatment of asylum seekers.
A report ‘A gamble with the right to asylum in Europe’ published by the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) underlines the high possibility of mistreatment by Greek authorities.
During the last 15 months the country has been severely criticised for failing to protect human and legal rights of migrants that enter Greece. In November 2007 the German group Pro Asyl exposed the torture of incoming refugees on the Greek-Turkish border by officials from the coast guard