Thousands of asylum-seekers remain stranded on Greek islands as they wait for their cases to be processed. Many of them have been there for months. DW’s reporter Oliver Sallet met people living in unheated tents and squalid conditions on Samos.
More than 15,000 refugees are trapped on Greek islands. Complicated procedures make their situation even harder. Marianna Karakoulaki and Dimitris Tosidis have talked to some of them in Samos.
The human rights watchdog has criticized Brussels for a deal aimed at curbing the migration crisis in Europe. In March, Brussels and Ankara agreed on swapping migrants in exchange for expediting EU accession talks.
Special courts in Italy that only hear asylum-seeker appeals are set to issue quick, binding decisions. It takes about two years to navigate the asylum appeals process.
German Chancellor Merkel and Tunisian Prime Minister Chahed have discussed ways to encourage rejected asylum seekers to return to Tunisia. Controversial refugee holding camps were not on the agenda.
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