The UK Border Agency has decided to suspend the deportation of asylum seekers to Greece as a result of the Dublin Regulation.
The Regulation is a European Union law states that the European Union member state is responsible for examining applications from refugees seeking international protection. This means that the cases will be heard in the UK rather than Greece, a relief to many. Approximately 1300 back cases and all new cases are to be heard.
This is reprieving news for the refugees, as Greece’s asylum seeking program has a reported initial success rate at 1%. After the Court Appeal sent the case of NS to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the UK government decided to assess asylum seekers itself, considering the process could take up to two years.