EU: Covid-19 Does Not Suspend Asylum Rights

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On March 16, the European Commission recommended a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the “EU+ area” for 30 days. On April 8, the European Commissionrecommendedthat the temporary restriction be prolonged until May 15. According to the European Commission’spress release:

“The Commission’s assessment of the current situation points to a continued rise in the number of new cases and deaths across the EU, as well as to the progression of the pandemic outside of the EU, including in countries from where millions of people usually travel to the EU every year. In this context, prolonging the travel restriction is necessary to reduce the risk of the disease spreading further.”

Accordingto Margaritis Schinas, the Commission’s Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life:

“While we can see encouraging first results, prolonging the travel restriction is necessary to continue reducing the risks of the…

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