Gay Syrian fails to block Greece deportation

Under the EU deal struck with Ankara, all Syrian migrants arriving in Greece from March 20 can be sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or their claim is rejectedA gay Syrian man fighting against deportation from Greece to Turkey was told by the European Court of Human Rights that his request to immediately block the process has been denied, court staff said Friday. Karl Kopp, European affairs director for German-based rights group Pro Asyl, said the request to the Strasbourg-based court was tabled late on Thursday. The court said this decision in no way “prejudged” any subsequent decisions on the case, adding that the Syrian man could still pursue his application even after deportation.

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