The European Court of Justice (ECJ)
ruled against the deportation of migrants who were either convicted of crimes
or considered threats to national security.
The series of rulings involved three cases of migrants from Congo, Ivory
Coast, and Chechnya who were denied asylum in Belgium and the Czech Republic.
According to the ruling, even if
asylum is denied, it does not mean that the asylum seekers will be
This is because if there is
reasonable evidence that they will be tortured or killed in their home
countries, they will remain protected under the Geneva Convention.
Populist Italian Interior Minister
Matteo Salvini criticized the ruling: “This is why it is important to
change this Europe with a vote for the League on May 26.
“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 homes. And in the Security Decree, there are even
more stringent rules against smugglers and traffickers.”
The court’s decision could be a big
obstacle to Salvini, who promised to start sending criminal migrants back to
their home countries.
Salvini’s administration has also
allocated money to help negotiate the transfer of illegal migrants to countries
without repatriation agreements with Italy.
Meanwhile, conservative Catholics
from around the world held a meeting last week in Rome to oppose what they
perceived as the “global, one-world order.”
Pope Francis has been a sharp critic
of rising nationalist and populist movements, denouncing earlier this month a
trend toward nationalism:
“Unfortunately, we have before our
eyes situations in which some nation states carry out their relations in a
spirit of opposition rather than cooperation.
“Many tensions come from an excessive
demand for sovereignty on the part of States, often precisely in areas where
they are no longer able to act effectively to protect the common good.
“The nation state is no
longer able to procure the common good of its populations alone. The common good
has become global and nations must associate for their own benefit.”