Report on Consequences of the EU-Turkey Statement – The Situation of Asylum Seekers in the EU Hotspots on the Greek Islands4 July 2021
The EU-Turkey Statement provides for Syrians to be returned to Turkey since March 2016. The assumption is that Turkey is a “safe third country” for them. The procedures conducted by EASO and the Greek Asylum Service to determine whether Syrians can be returned are of unspeakably poor quality and lead to rejection in almost 100% of cases – despite the fact that Turkey is not admitting any persons back since more than a year. The Report by Equal Rights Beyond Borders finds the several shortcomings and analyzes them in detail and is reflecting the situation of sheer hopelessness Syrian asylum seekers in Greece find themselves in.
Expert Opinion on the Possibilities of Obtaining Documents for Eritrean Refugees in the Context of Family Reunification14 April 2021
The lack of official documents is the central problem in family reunification procedures in the East African region. Most of the families do not have the documents that are generally required in the EU in the context of family reunification procedures. In many cases, the lack of documents leads to the rejection of family reunification applications, contrary to the provisions of the Family Reunification Directive 2003/86/EC. Families from Eritrea are particularly affected by this.
In March 2020, Greece announced that it was taking a series of steps to prevent the spread of COVID‐19 in the refugee camps throughout the country. These steps included restricting people from leaving the camps without official permission, informing camp residents about COVID‐19, and disinfecting frequently used spaces. The report finds that the current conditions in Vial do not meet even the most basic standards for preventing an outbreak and spread of COVID‐19 in the camp.
Communication in Accordance with Rule 9.2. Of the Rules of The Committee of Ministers Regarding the Supervision Of the Execution of Judgments and of Terms of Friendly Settlements in the M.S.S. and Rahimi Groups v. Greece
No State of Exception at the EU External Border - The Implications of the Rule of Law in the Context of the Greek-Turkish Border Closure and the Temporary ‘Suspension’ of the Asylum Law in Greece30 March 2020
Expert opinion for MEP Erik Marquardt
This study assesses the measures taken by the Greek government and the European Union (EU) since the end of February 2020 in response to Turkey’s decision to cease its non-departure measures for refugees and asylum-seekers.
No State of Exception at the EU External Border (PDF, 640 kB)
The report describes the living conditions in the EU hotspot Vial on Chios and analyses, why this can never be in line with human rights law.
The lived Reality of Deterrence Measures (PDF, 4 MB)
Child and youth welfare professionals often have to work with insufficient information about what unaccompanied minor refugees have gone through on their way to Germany. The report therefore presents both the legal framework and the factual situation for minors in Greece and helps to classify practical, procedurally relevant questions such as how a certain age information gets into a database or why the family reunification procedure is not progressing.
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Family reunification under the Dublin III Regulation is a simple and efficient procedure. In practice, it is confronted with various pitfalls. The booklet on family reunification, which we produced in cooperation with Diakonie Deutschland, is devoted to all questions relevant to practice - but not without leaving fundamental legal questions unanswered.
English version (PDF, 672 kB)
German version (PDF, 846 kB)
The paper studies the EU hotspot approach and its implementation, using the example of the Greek Aegean islands. As the EU relocation decisions and the EU Turkey Statement alter the implementation of the hotspot approach in the Greek Aegean, these instruments have to be taken into consideration. The hotspot approach leads to a modification of both asylum procedures and reception conditions at the EU external border. The paper focuses on the law and administrative practice of hotspot asylum procedures and eventually looks at reception conditions in hotspot facilities and annex-camps.
"Hotspots" an der EU-Außengrenze (German only) (PDF, 2 MB)
Nestler / Vogt, Dublin-III reversed – Ein Instrument zur Familienzusammenführung?, Zeitschrift für Ausländerrecht und Ausländerpolitik 2017, S. 21-29.1 January 2017
The legal analysis by Vinzent and Robert argues, that there has to be a legal remedy to enforce the right to family reunion arising from the Dublin III Regulation at a time, when courts did not think, the right could be legally enforced. It has been the base for our litigation work on family reunion.