Berlin and Athens have reached an agreement that will allow Germany to return asylum seekers to Greece, a German Interior Ministry spokesperson said on Friday.
The agreement will extend to asylum seekers registered in the Eurodac system the spokesperson said.
“We have reached an agreement with Greece, the interior ministries have reached an agreement, we are on the verge to complete it,” spokesperson Eleonore Petermann said adding “only the final exchange of documents is pending.” Signature of the agreement is a matter of hours or of just a couple of days,” she said.
- The deal foresees that Germany will be able to return to Greece any adult refugee spotted on its border with Austria after 1. July 2017, if that person has applied for asylum in Greece.
- Greece has the right to reject the return if it does not comply with the bilateral agreement (Administrative Arrangement)
- In return, Germany has agreed to complete by the end of the year the family reunifications which has accepted within the Dublin Treaty until now but has frozen their implementation. Estimated number: 2,000.
- Berlin will also take initiatives to support the reception centers Greece operates on five of its islands.
- The two countries will review the Administrative Arrangement every three months with the option of reconsideration.