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.