ECJ Rules in Favour of Asylum Seekers

Cour de justice de l'Union européenne (Photo: Harald Deischinger /

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled in favor of and has awarded damages to 67 migrants. They had filed a complaint against the inhumane treatment they received at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos in 2017 and 2018.

As InfoMigrants highlights, the Strasbourg-based court condemned Greece in its ruling, citing “inhumane and degrading [detention conditions in the infamous Moria], mainly due to overcrowding, the difficulties arising from it, and the acute lack of basic items.”

The migrants claimed that upon arrival at the notorious reception center, they were placed in an outdoor “cage” measuring just 40 square meters, where they were given only one sandwich to eat and a bottle of water to drink per day. They also reported having to sleep on the floor – without mattresses or blankets.

According to the testimonies of the migrants, they were later moved to summer tents, which did not protect them against bad weather, as the ground grew muddy and flooded due to summer rain. There also were reports of leaking toilets mixing with this.

The migrants said that running water was only available for up to 40 minutes a day.

According to the ruling, each migrant won 5 000 euros as compensation for moral damages as well as 1 000 euros to cover court costs.


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