Greece eyes 2-week turnaround for asylum claims: minister

Migrants and refugees arrive aboard a Swedish Frontex patrol boat at the port of Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos on March 29, 2016Greece will be able to process asylum claims within two weeks once a migration deal between the EU and Turkey takes full effect, a senior Greek official said Tuesday. Deputy defence minister Dimitris Vitsas, who is in charge of coordinating Greece’s management of the refugee flow, said that all procedures pertaining to asylum requests would be sped up and examined within the space of a fortnight. “Asylum requests will have to be examined within a week — and there is international help for this purpose — and administrative appeals will be examined within another week,” Vitsas told a late-night political talk show on Star TV.

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