Revealed: 2,000 refugee deaths linked to illegal EU pushbacks

6th May, 2021

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Migrant rescue patrol in the Aegean Sea by the Turkish coastguard. A case has been filed against the Greek state that claims patrol boats towed migrants back to Turkish waters and abandoned them. Photograph: Erdem Şahin/EPA

EU member states have used illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 asylum seekers from Europe’s borders during the pandemic, methods being linked to the death of more than 2,000 people, the Guardian can reveal.

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