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Civil society organisations report thousands of border pushbacks across Europe

10 civil society organisations across Europe publish a report today documenting no fewer than 2,162 cases of border pushbacks across Europe and within European countries between January and April 2021 only.

Following on recent investigation by The Guardian that some 40,000 asylum seekers had been illegally refouled during the pandemic from EU borders, this is more worrying evidence that Western countries are failing to uphold their responsibilities under the 1951 Refugee Conventions to protect the rights of asylum seekers to find refuge.

Read the full DRC report, or a short article on the report from The Guardian.