Malmström Warns EU States About ‘Pushback’ Policy

“Malmström warns EU states of illegality migrants’ pushbacks,” from Malta Today:

The European Union’s home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström yesterday sent a stark warning to member states that the pushbacks of asylum seekers were “illegal” and that countries like Malta had to guarantee access to the asylum procedure.

The Swedish commissioner was addressing member state representatives at a relocation forum intended at encouraging them to relieve small member states like Malta from the pressures of asylum claims due to their concentration at the borders of the EU.

“It’s only fair if I state the obvious,” Malmström told member states. “However tough the situation gets, push-backs are illegal and contrary to the principle of non-refoulement. Access to the asylum procedure must be guaranteed.  There is a responsibility to give decent conditions and to integrate people,” she said…


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