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Greek parliament approved government bill that amends national asylum system


The Greek Parliament have approved a government bill aimed at easing pressure on the Aegean islands by speeding up asylum procedures and returns of migrants not meriting international protection to Turkey.

The new law includes the abolition of certain appeal options and the facilitation of the deportation of asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected.

Cases of unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable asylum seekers will be subject to expedited procedures.

In addition, post-traumatic stress disorder will no longer qualify the applicant as “vulnerable”.

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