Commissioner Johansson: Reports of illegal pushbacks of migrants in Greece must be fully investigated

Recently published reports about alleged illegal pushbacks of migrants at the Greek-Croatian border should be thoroughly investigated, said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on Thursday.

The commissioner was responding to a relevant question during a press conference at the online High-level Resettlement Forum on Afghanistan.

Johansson added that she will discuss this matter further at her meeting with Greek Asylum & Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi later on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement issued earlier on Thursday Mitarachi denied all such allegations. “Greek borders are also EU borders, and we operate within the framework of International and European law for their protection,” underlined the minister.

According to an investigative report of ten European media outlets, Greek Coast Guard officers participated in illegal pushbacks in the Aegean, while reference is also made to the involvement of state officials in similar cases in Croatia and Romania.