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 automatically deported.
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.”