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Taking their lead from aggressive migration control measures in Denmark and the UK, Lithuania's parliament last week approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal, in a move meant to deter high numbers crossing into the EU from Belarus.

The new law bans any release of migrants from detention for six months after their arrival, curbs the right of appeal for rejected asylum seekers and stipulates that migrants can be deported while their appeals are being considered.

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EU rules, the spokesman added, forbid "externalisation" of the right to asylum.

Yet in practice, the bloc drove a coach and horses through this principle when it agreed its multi-billion euro `cash-for-migrants' deal with Recep Erdoğan's Turkey in 2015. ...it established the idea that the EU was prepared to pay to keep migrants away from European soil, and the Commission has been quietly pursuing similar arrangements with a host of African countries ever since.

by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 08:28:29 PM EST
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