Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Contrasting Policies on Refugees

 Colombia announced that the country would grant temporary protection status to around one million undocumented migrants from Venezuela after which they can apply for a residence visa. Under the new status, the migrants will receive basic services such as access to the national health system and COVID-19 vaccination.

Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees said, “This bold humanitarian gesture serves as an example for the region and the rest of the world.”

Meanwhile, after the European Court of Justice ruled that Hungary's deportation of refugees to Serbia was unlawful, Viktor Orban's government is ignoring the judgement — and continuing to deport refugees. 

The Hungarian government is making no attempt to conceal its violation of the law. These "pushbacks" contravene international treaties to which Hungary is a signatory, such as the Geneva Convention.  Orban, and several members of his government have repeatedly confirmed that they intend to continue the practice.

How Hungary is violating EU law on refugees | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 08.02.2021

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