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The Netherlands – District Court rules on the existence of family ties between adult and minor siblings from Eritrea

Friday, December 7, 2018

On 7 December, the District Court of The Hague ruled in a case concerning the family reunification in the Netherlands of four siblings, nationals of Eritrea.

The applicant, holder of a temporary asylum residence permit, submitted applications for long-stay visas

Spain - The Higher Court of Justice of Madrid rules in favour of free movement of asylum seekers from Melilla to the territory of Spain

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

On 21 November, the Administrative Chamber of the Higher Court of Justice of Madrid ruledon a case concerning nine asylum-seekers in Melilla, who had communicated their will to travel to the Spanish peninsula to the Department of Alien Affairs and Borders.

CJEU: Larnaca District Court refers a preliminary question on denial of boarding by airlines, due to passengers’ inadequate travel documentation

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On 19 September, the District Court of Larnaca, Cyprus, referred the following questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling:

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Latest Cases

Country of Applicant: Eritrea, Syria , Keywords: Dublin Transfer, Request to take back, Responsibility for examining application , Date of Decision: 13-11-2018

The CJEU ruled on the time limit for Member States to respond to requests for re-examination of "take charge" or "take back" requests. Ruling that Member States should endeavour to respond within two weeks, if they do not the requesting Member State retains responsibility. 

Country of Applicant: Afghanistan , Keywords: Effective remedy (right to), Refugee Status, Subsidiary Protection , Date of Decision: 18-10-2018

The CJEU ruled on whether an individual could appeal a decision which refused refugee status but granted subsidiary protection status, even if the rights and benefits afforded by each international protection status are identical in national law.

Keywords: Family reunification , Date of Decision: 07-11-2018

Member States may require individuals who have been residing in the country by virtue of family reunification to pass a civic integration examination on the language and society of the country in order to be granted an autonomous residence permit. However, the requirements for passing this test must not go beyond what is necessary to attain the objective of facilitating integration.

About EDAL

The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and a compilation of summaries of refugee and asylum case law from the courts of 22 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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