UNHCR stalling on commitments in Greece


Turkish police official experts arrive at Mytilini port on Lesvos island, Greece, 21 March 2016. The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey on sending all illegal migrants arriving in Greece back to Turkey, came into force a day earlier. Illegal migrants arriving on Greek shores will be registered and their asylum applications treated on a case by case by the Greek authorities, according to the EU Asylum Procedures Directive and in cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

€80 million of EU taxpayer money at stake

With relocations of refugees from Greece to other EU Member States taking place at an alarmingly slow rate, and resettlements from Turkey commencing last week, governments have recognised that the refugee crisis in Greece and Europe cannot be solved without the effective participation of international organisations. The most important organisation, the UNHCR has fallen short of its commitments.

An EU source told New Europe that the European Commission could consider a partial recovery of the ...

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