The three cases ruled on by the court involve migrants from Congo, Ivory Coast, and Chechnya who were refused asylum status in either Belgium or the Czech Republic because they had either been convicted of serious crimes or deemed to be a threat to the national security of either country, Il Giornale reports.
The court, which is based in Luxembourg, said that a denial of asylum does not mean that the asylum seekers will be automatically deported, saying that they still fall under the protection of the Geneva Convention and if there is reasonable evidence that they will be tortured or killed in their home countries, the migrants cannot be deported from Europe.
The ruling could be a blow for populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini who has promised to begin deportations of criminal migrants to their home countries and has set aside money to help negotiate the transfer of illegal migrants to countries where Italy does not have repatriation agreements.
Salvini reacted to the ruling saying, “This is why it is important to change this Europe with a vote for the Lega on May 26th,” and went on to add, “However, I do not change my mind and I do not change the law: the ‘asylum seekers’ who rape, steal and sell drugs, will all go back to their home. And in the Security Decree, there are even more stringent rules against smugglers and traffickers.”
The migration and security decree was drafted and passed by the Italian parliament last year, despite some rebellion from Senators in the Five Star Movement (M5S), Salvini’s coalition partner. The decree also scraps the humanitarian residency permit, which the government expects will lead to 2,000 or so migrants leaving the country per month to return to their homelands.US may sanction Turkey over Russia’s S-400 defense systems