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Banned! EU judges stop Britain from deporting asylum seekers back to Greece

European Union judges have banned Britain from deporting asylum seekers back to Greece.

In a significant ruling, the European Court of Justice held handing over would-be refugees could infringe their human rights.

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It is believed transfer of asylum seekers to Greece was stopped earlier this year in anticipation of the ruling.

The ruling is significant as Greece is considered a key entry point over EU borders for illegal immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East heading for Britain.

Responding to the verdict, Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “We are working with Greece to improve their asylum processes.”

A UK Border Agency spokesman: “We will consider the detail of this judgment carefully.”

Dubbing the decision as a “disgrace” and a “mockery”, some of the critics said the decision would piles pressure on over-stretched frontier controls.

Tory MP Priti Patel said: “This decision is an absolute disgrace that flies in the face of common sense. Once again, European judges are making a mockery of human rights.”

Alp Mehmet, of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said: “This is the sort of absurdity that we have come to expect from the European courts. Common sense should be applied here, but they have failed to show any.

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