United Nations General Assembly released a report on Means to Address The Human Rights Impact of Pushbacks of Migrants on Land and at Sea

United Nations General Assembly released a report on Means to Address The Human Rights Impact of Pushbacks of Migrants on Land and at Sea

Numerous submissions have raised concerns regarding Greece’s border governance at both its land and sea borders with Turkey. Situated on the Eastern Mediterranean migration route, Greece deploys border and coastguard patrol teams as part of national and joint European Union border operations, in cooperation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). On top of an increased militarization of the Evros land border region since March 2020, which has effectively resulted in preventing entry and in the summary and collective expulsion of tens of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers, the Special Rapporteur has received allegations that pushbacks over the land border are also reportedly carried out from urban areas, including reception and detention centres. An increase in pushbacks in the Aegean Sea, from Greek territorial waters, as well as from the islands of Rhodes, Samos and Symi, has also been documented, with one stakeholder recording 321 incidents involving 9,798 migrants between March and December 2020.

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