Freeze on sending asylum seekers back to Greece

The Swedish Migration Board has decided to stop deporting asylum seekers back to Greece because of reports of miserable conditions for them there – even though the European Union's Dublin Convention says asylum seekers should be sent back to the country where they first made their application.

The Swedish news agency TT reports that the board has asked the migration high court for guidance on this but can not wait until the ruling comes at the end of the year.

Several other countries, including Norway, have made the decision to stop deportations of asylum seekers back to Greece.

Many asylum seekers from Somalia and the Middle East make Greece their first stop before travelling to Sweden and other European countries.