EU laws ‘increasing risk to refugees’.

    Refugees will be at greater risk of persecution under the new EU
    asylum system, it is claimed.

    The new law, to be adopted by member states, is intended to set
    minimum standards of care.

    But the European Council on Refugees and Exiles said it could lead
    to refugees being sent to countries outside the EU deemed to be
    “generally safe” without having their claim processed. “The worst
    practices of some states have found their way into EU legislation,”
    said council general secretary Peer Baneke.

    Meanwhile the UK’s law lords overturned home secretary David
    Blunkett’s decision to remove a failed asylum applicant under
    fast-track deportation laws. Blunkett wanted to send an Iraqi Kurd
    back to Germany, where he had first sought asylum. But the lords
    said he could remain in the UK for his appeal.

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