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Around 1.1 million asylum-seekers entered the country throughout the year. The government unilaterally decided for a period of time not to return Syrian asylum-seekers to their first country of entry in the EU. It expanded the list of safe countries of origin and introduced severe cuts to benefits for certain categories of asylum-seekers. The authorities’ failure to effectively investigate alleged human rights violations by police persisted. Hate crimes against refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants increased sharply.

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Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty

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