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In post-pandemic Europe, migrants will face digital fortress
PEPLO, Greece (AP) — As the world begins to travel again, Europe is sending migrants a loud message: Stay away! Greek border police are firing bursts of deafening noise from an armored truck over the frontier into Turkey. Mounted on the vehicle, the long-range acoustic device, or “sound cannon,” is the size of a small TV set but can match the volume of a jet engine. It’s part of a vast array of physical and experimental new digital barriers being installed and tested during the quiet months of the coronavirus pandemic at the 200-kilometer (125-mile) Greek border with Turkey to stop people entering the European Union illegally.
on the move to Brussels the Greek minister in charge of migration has come to be explained after the reproaches issued by several capitals. View on Euronews
Greece rejects any responsibility for the acts of refugees leaving its territory for other member countries. France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg or Belgium have shared their discontent in recent months. They found a larger number of asylum applications from migrants who already had documents issued by Athens.
A Brussels The Greek minister in charge of migration is satisfied with his interview with the Commissioner for Internal Affairs. "Ylva Johansson gave a clear answer. These people travel freely to the Schengen area as expected by the rules of the free movement zone," says Notis Mitarakis. He adds that "Greece is absolutely all that is necessary according to the European rules".
Greece says many migrants in Turkey could seek asylum there
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday designated neighboring Turkey as a safe country in which to seek international protection for the majority of asylum-seekers departing its shores for Greece. A joint decree from the Greek foreign and migration ministries said the designation applies to asylum-seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia. It said Turkey meets all criteria to examine asylum requests from these nationals, as there "they are not in any danger ... due to their race, religion, citizenship, political beliefs or membership in some particular social group, and can seek asylum in Turkey instead of in Greece.
Several Mediterranean countries: Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Malta are turning to the EU institutions to advance negotiations on the Strengthening the European Asylum Support Office and the Migration Covenant. Notis Mitarakis calls all his partners to work to reach a compromise and to "set up a solidarity mechanism that relaxes the situation for the first line". The minister also calls for "a more effective mechanism for returns to countries of origin or transit for those who do not need international protection".
The European Commission last September presented its proposal for a migratory pact. But this reform divides the 27. At the request of Rome, the EU leaders will look for the month on this issue.
Migrant family's presence on Greek island hints at pushbacks .
VATHY, Greece (AP) — Around dawn one recent spring day, an inflatable dinghy carrying nearly three dozen people reached the Greek island of Samos from the nearby Turkish coast. Within 24 hours, refugee rights groups say, the same group was seen drifting in a life raft back to Turkey. But of the 32 people determined to have initially made it to Samos, only 28 were in the raft the Turkish coast guard reported retrieving at sea. Four days later,But of the 32 people determined to have initially made it to Samos, only 28 were in the raft the Turkish coast guard reported retrieving at sea.