Asylum seekers on ferries apparently trapped and chained

Asylum seekers on ferries apparently trapped and chained

According to one report, asylum seekers are apparently being systematically held captive in narrow metal shafts and other dark rooms on ferries between Italy and Greece.

Some of them were even handcuffed, reports the ARD political magazine “Monitor” on Thursday. Apparently, minors are also affected. According to Dana Schmalz of the Max Planck Institute, this violates EU law and the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights.


“Monitor” informs that these are refugees who are being forced to return from Italy to Greece without being able to apply for asylum. The magazine has joint research with other media.


“Inhuman accommodation”


As part of European research cooperation, it was possible for the first time to prove the existence of temporary arrests on passenger ships. Among them is a spot where at least one refugee was handcuffed.


The research was based on photos and reports of those affected. Among other things, they claimed that asylum seekers were sometimes detained on their way back to Greece without adequate food or access to a toilet.


The research showed that the refugees were “clearly inhumanely accommodated,” said Dana Schmalz of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. This violates EU law and the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights. The company responsible for the ferry has denied all allegations.