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Refugees Sue EU Because Deportations Breach Right To ‘Dignity’

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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Three asylum seekers are suing the European Union for tightening its deportation procedures.

The migrants argue the EU is breaching European laws prohibiting deportations back to war zones, according to The Daily Telegraph. EU and Turkey established a deal in March where refugees captured at sea get sent back to Turkey in exchange for a “legitimate” migrant waiting to gain entry to the EU.

[dcquiz]Turkey has been plagued by violence in recent months, but is not a recognized war zone by the EU. The complainants — two Pakistanis and an Afghan who are stranded at a refugee camp in Greece — argue it breaches their rights to dignity under the European Charter to be sent to a place where they are at risk of inhuman and degrading treatment.

Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees reported Sunday that a total of 3,271 complaints from migrants over lengthy processing times have been filed in the country in recent months. Germany took more than 1.1 million refugees in 2015, which has delayed the processing time significantly.

If a court finds authorities have failed to issue a decision on an application within a certain timeframe, the complaints are unlikely to result in any compensation for the migrants.

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