Afghans have undergone decades of war forcing millions to flee the country. Despite the volatile situation in Afghanistan, the European Union regularly deports refugees back ‘home’ or to third countries.
The alarmingly high number of deaths and disappearances on sea routes has renewed accusations that European countries are failing to help migrant and refugee boats in trouble.
Video shows distressed migrant boat in Greek waters being pushed back by EU's border agency and Greek coast guard, followed by Turkish rescue of asylum seekers.
Violent and often sadistic pushbacks from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia are a damning indictment of Europe's broken migrant policy.
The European Union agency deployed at the Greek border is failing to hold itself accountable for abuses, NGOs say.
Border pushbacks that deny migrants their right to apply for asylum and collective expulsions are illegal under international refugee treaties, which allow people fearing for their safety to seek protection.
Frontex, Europe’s border security agency, faces questions over its complicity in violating the EU law.
A series of leaks directly implicate FRONTEX and multiple EU member states in taking part in pushbacks in the Aegean Sea in support with the Greek Coast Guard.
Further investigation by Der Spiegel on its initial report on Frontex knowing about refugee “pushbacks” show agency director was aware of at least one violation.
A joint investigation by several media outlets suggest that EU's border and coast guard agency Frontex is engaged in "pushbacks" to drive away refugees in the Aegean Sea to prevent them entering into EU via Greece.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under heavy pressure at home to quickly strike deals with already heavily burdened EU frontline states such as Italy and Greece — or risk a political crisis that could bring down her government.
Seven refugees died off the coast of Libya on Sunday, according to the Italian coastguard, including an eight-year-old boy.
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