Greece accused of refugee ‘pushback’ after family avoid being forced off island

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Story of Palestinians who hid on Samos to flee deportation to Turkey seems to be ‘proof’ that pushbacks proceed, declare rights teams

On 26 April Dimitris Choulis, an immigration lawyer based mostly on the Greek island of Samos, opened his workplace door to discover a household of 4 on his doorstep. Aisha*, 31, and her three youngsters, all from Palestine.

“She stated ‘pushback,’” stated Choulis, “and I understood what had occurred.” These have been the one individuals left on the island out of a gaggle of asylum seekers who had arrived from Turkey a number of days earlier than.

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