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Denmark reverse harsh asylum repatriation rule and treat cases in Denmark
Monday, 24 January 2011
About 340 asylum seekers who were about to be sent back to Greece, having their cases processed in Denmark. The Danish integration minister Birthe Ronn Hornbech decided.

It happens after a verdict by the European Court Friday ruled that an Afghan asylum seeker to have his case dealt with in Belgium and not in Greece. The Court had recognized that an Afghan asylum seeker sent back from Belgium to Greece under the so-called Dublin Regulation.

“I have decided to ask the Immigration Service to initiate asylum processing of the cases that have been awaiting the return to Greece as the first country of asylum. I stress that these cases are treated as all other cases and that an asylum procedure is not a guarantee of being granted asylum in Denmark,” said the Minister in a press release.

Proceedings in Greece have been in chaos. About 340 asylum seekers who were about to be sent from Denmark to Greece have put their cases in to be examined in Denmark.

Thus, the principle that an applicant must have his case dealt with in the first EU country he arrives to is being quashed because of the way things are handled in Greece.
By Scancomark.se Team

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