Sweden deports to Greece in spite of UN ’no’
In opposition to UNHCR guidelines the Migration Court of Appeal decided in a precedent setting decision that adult asylum-seekers are to be sent back to Greece as according to the Dublin II Regulation. UNHCR does not consider the Greek asylum system to be able to ensure the legal safeguards of asylum-seekers and has called upon EU countries not to send asylum-seekers back to Greece. The Migration Court of Appeals, however, argues that Greece is safe as it has a new law for asylum-seekers in place and that UNHCR is working with authorities in the asylum process. UNHCR spokesperson for the Nordic and Baltic Countries Hanne Mathisen says that though UNHCR is working with Greek authorities and also through the EU to reach a common asylum policy at a high level, there is much left to do.
(Dagens Nyheter 29 October 2008, SR Ekot 29 October 2008, http://www.sr.se/ekot/artikel.asp ?artikel=2406902)