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UN Criticizes Treatment of Refugees Seeking Asylum in Greece

The United Nations refugee agancy has advised European Union countries to stop sending asylum seekers to Greece, until further notice. This request is a condemnation on behalf of the United Nations, who have been concerned for some time on the treatment of people fleeing conflict and persecution in Greece, reported the New York Times.

However, the New York Times reported refugee lawyers are concerned the request will result in Greece's neighbors to the union taking even tougher measures to push people away at borders since it puts a "disproportionate" burden on the countries like Greece, Italy, and Spain.

The New York Times reported, the refugee agency described Greece’s recognition rate for refugees as “disturbingly low.? The overall protection rate for refugees of all nationalities in 2006 was 1 percent in Greece, compared with 24 percent in Britain, 45 percent in Italy, 19 percent in Spain and 50 percent in Sweden.

The Greek interior minister, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, called the agency’s criticism “not only unfair but unfounded,? reported the New York Times.