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North Rhine-Westphalia: Higher administrative court prevents deportations to Greece


MÜNSTER. Germany is currently not allowed to send refugees from Greece back to the EU country. That was decided by the Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia. The asylum applications of an Eritrean and a Syrian Palestinian could not be rejected as inadmissible in Germany, "because if they return to Greece they face a serious risk of inhuman and degrading treatment," the Münster judges justified their decision.

In the south-eastern European country, they “got into a situation of extreme material need because they could neither find accommodation nor work there for a long period of time,” the verdict continues. In addition, they could not find accommodation there in reception facilities for asylum seekers.

Administrative courts judge per deportation
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) had previously rejected the asylum applications of the two plaintiffs because they had already received international protection in Greece. The administrative courts in Arnsberg and Düsseldorf saw no evidence that would speak against expulsion.

The Higher Administrative Court did not allow an appeal against the judgments. However, a complaint can be lodged with the Federal Administrative Court.

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