An EU court has ruled that Frontex should not compensate returned Syrian refugees

European Border Surveillance Agency Frontex The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a ruling on Wednesday that Syrian refugees pushed back from Greece to Turkey should not be compensated.

According to the court, Frontex Turkey cannot be held responsible for damage caused by refugees returning to Turkey. The Agency’s mission is only to provide technical and operational support to Member States. On the other hand, only the latter consider themselves competent to assess the merits of withdrawal decisions and to examine claims for international protection. CJEU.

Further, the Court considers that “On the one hand, the rental and logistics costs in Turkey, the smugglers’ travel costs to Iraq and the costs associated with daily life in this country and, on the other hand, the related material and moral damage and the sense of fear and suffering associated with their extremely difficult and dangerous journey to Iraq cannot be directly considered as a result of Frontex’s alleged conduct.

The appeal was brought by refugees who arrived on the Greek island of Milos in 2016. They now live in Iraq.

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