Last year, Athens sent tens of thousands of Pakistani, Somali, Syrian and other migrants back to Turkey without registering their asylum claims, according to a report in German magazine Der Spiegel based on Turkish documents. Greece denies the "push back," which is barred under EU law. Meanwhile, the director of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles puts the blame on an EU policy that blocks asylum-seekers from reaching more prosperous countries in northern Europe.
Will the trend continue? Despite objections from human rights groups, the Greek government recently passed a new law tightening asylum rules.