The European Commission announced, Thursday (December 8), that member states could begin relocating migrants back to Greece — whence many of them originated after crossing the Mediterranean or the West Balkans — in order to reassert common immigration policy, which was thrown into chaos by the mass movement of migrants that overwhelmed the Athens authorities. © REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisA refugee walks next to tents following heavy rainfall at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, April 24, 2016. The move is seen as putting pressure on Greece to process migrants arriving on its shores — in line with the Dublin rules, which say all asylum seekers must be processed in the country of arrival — and stem the flow of migrants moving northwards through Europe. The decision is likely to force Greece to send more “irregular migrants” — those refused asylum — back to Turkey, under the controversial EU-Turkey deal which has hit a series of setbacks — not least over disagreements over Ankara’s failure to meet the terms of the agreement. However, the move has been condemned by human rights campaigners, who say the conditions for refugees in Greece — particularly on the islands — are “dire”. “It seems that — for the European Commission — all roads for refugees lead to Greece. It is outrageously hypocritical of the European Commission to insinuate that Greece alone is to blame for dire conditions, when the overcrowding and insecure… Read full this story
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