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Denmark: Supreme Court found that the 3 year waiting time before granting right to family reunification for persons with temporary protection status does not breach Article 8 ECHR

Monday, November 6, 2017

On 6 November 2017, the Supreme Court of Denmark delivered its ruling in case 107/2017, which concerned an appeal against the Immigration Appeals Board’s decision to refuse to grant family reunification to a Syrian national who had been granted temporary protection in Denmark with her wife, who is still in Syria.

Greece: Administrative Court of Mytilene rules unlawful the detention of Syrian asylum seekers in 3 different cases

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Administrative Court of Mytilene has delivered three rulings upholding Syrian asylum seekers’ objections against detention.

Germany: Administrative Court of Düsseldorf rules against a Dublin transfer to Greece based on serious shortcomings in the Greek asylum system

Thursday, October 26, 2017

On 26 October 2017, the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf ruled in case 12 L 4591/17 A, which concerned the Dublin transfer of an asylum seeker from Germany to Greece. Greece had accepted the take-charge request on 8 August 2017.

Latest Cases

Country of Decision: Denmark , Country of Applicant: Afghanistan , Keywords: Country of origin information, Gender Based Persecution, Internal protection, Membership of a particular social group, Non-state actors/agents of persecution , Date of Decision: 16-01-2017

The applicant was granted refugee status under the Danish Aliens Act Art. 7 (1) because of the threat of forced marriage in Afghanistan. The applicant belonged to the particular social group of “widows in risk of forced marriage”. The Afghan State is neither willing nor able to protect women against persecution in case of forced marriage. Internal protection was not available to the applicant.

Country of Decision: Denmark , Country of Applicant: Iraq , Keywords: Assessment of facts and circumstances, Country of origin information, Nationality, Non-state actors/agents of persecution, Persecution Grounds/Reasons, Political Opinion, Real risk, Relevant Facts, Well-founded fear , Date of Decision: 16-02-2017

The applicant, a stateless Palestinian and a Sunni Muslim from Baghdad, had been threatened by a Shia Militia working with or for the Ministry of Interior.

Based on the coherent, logical and consistent account in accordance with the current country of origin information the Board found the applicant exposed to persecution by the authorities or persecution supported by the authorities.

The applicant was granted refugee status under the Danish Aliens Act Art. 7 (1).

Country of Decision: Denmark , Country of Applicant: Syria , Keywords: Credibility assessment, Crime against humanity, Exclusion from protection, Internal armed conflict, Persecution Grounds/Reasons, Political Opinion, Real risk, Refugee Status, Relevant Facts, Serious non-political crime, War crimes , Date of Decision: 06-02-2017

The applicant, who had deserted the Syrian army, was seen in isolation covered by the Danish Aliens Act Art. 7 (1) [refugee status]. However, the Board found serious reasons to assume that the applicant had committed a crime against humanity and war crimes during his military service and consequently he was excluded from protection. Nevertheless, the Danish Aliens Act Art. 31, (2) is an obstacle to his expulsion as he would risk persecution covered by the Danish Aliens Act Art. 7 (1) in the case of returning to Syria.

About EDAL

The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database co-ordinated by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and a compilation of summaries of refugee and asylum case law from the courts of 20 European states, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The summaries are published in English and in the relevant state’s national language.

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