Germany stops return of Syrian refugees to first EU port

Germany announced stopping to remand first entry country to EU member states

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Germany confirmed on Tuesday that it has stopped remanding Syrian refugees to their first port of entry into the European Union (EU).

Germany's decision as an “act of European solidarity” was welcomed by the EU.

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees posted on their official Twitter account "#Dublin procedure: We are not following it in practice for Syrian citizens at this time."

EU Commission Coordinating Spokesperson Natasha Bertaud said that for the commission, “this constitutes a recognition of the fact that we cannot leave the member states at the external borders alone in dealing with a large number of asylum seekers seeking refuge in Europe."

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hailed the Schengen Agreement as a "great achievement."

Juncker told concerns treatments of politicians of EU saying, "what worries me is to hear politicians from Left to Right nourishing a populism that brings only anger and not solutions,” adding "hate speech and rash statements that threaten one of our very greatest achievements – the Schengen area and the absence of internal borders: that is not Europe."

According to the Dublin III Regulation, if an asylum seeker arrives to a EU country, the first country is required process the claimant’s application.

In practice, this means that countries like Greece or Italy are overwhelmed with applications, as thousands arrive by sea to their shores.

Recently, thousands of refugees have been stocked along the Macedonian-Greece border near the southern city Gevgelija.

Macedonian police fired tear gas at refugees that wanted to pass over to Macedonia to reach wealthier EU countries.

This month Germany revised its number of estimated refugees from 450,000 to 800,000.

Frontex, which is the agency of the EU that manages the cooperation among national border guards, including those from undocumented immigration, human trafficking and terrorist infiltration, reported last week that 107,000 migrants were at the bloc's borders last month, with 20,800 arriving in Greece last week alone.

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