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Greece asks Norway to stop refugee returns. Overloaded asylum reception centres create problems. Greece’s financial crisis could cause problems for Knut Storberget, Labour’s (Ap) Minister of Justice. Greek authorities have called on Norway to stop sending asylum seekers back because they don’t have enough money.

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Greece asks Norway to stop refugee returns

Published on Wednesday, 12th May, 2010 at 11:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Overloaded asylum reception centres create problems.

Bredtveit prison door (Illustration ph.)
Bredtveit prison door (Illustration ph.)
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Greece’s financial crisis could cause problems for Knut Storberget, Labour’s (Ap) Minister of Justice.

Greek authorities have called on Norway to stop sending asylum seekers back because they don’t have enough money.

Refugees come from Greece because it shares a sea border with other countries, such as Turkey and Africa.

Greece is signatory to the Dublin-II Convention, meaning all refugees have to be sent back to the country where they first applied for asylum. However, the Greeks have called for the convention to be amended because they feel it’s both disloyal and unfair.

Pål Lønseth, State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, says they won’t be changing their policy, though. According to NRK, he claims the burden on society would be too big in relation to the size of Norway’s population.

There are 20,000 spaces for 18,000 registered refugees in Norway, but Greece only has 865 to cover 25,000.

“European countries have to show each other solidarity. I think Norway can afford it,” says Jannis Tassopoulos, Director of the Section for Vulnerable Groups at the Greek Ministry of Health.




Published on Wednesday, 12th May, 2010 at 11:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: asylum, refugee, knut, storberget, minister, justice, greece, dublin-ii, convention, norway, jannis, tassopoulos.





  
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