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CJEU: Advocate General Opinion on the relocation of applicants of international protection to Poland, Hungary, Czechia

Thursday, October 31, 2019

On 31 October 2019, Advocate General Sharpston delivered an opinion on the action brought by the Commission against Poland (Case C-715/17), Hungary (case C-718/17) and Czech Republic (Case C-719/17) concerning the failure to comply with the Relocation Decisions (Decision 

Greece: Athens Administrative Court rules on the evidentiary requirements to establish family relationships

Friday, September 13, 2019

On 13 September 2019, the Athens Administrative Court delivered its judgment on the evidentiary requirements for family relationships in the context of an application for a residence document on humanitarian grounds.

RS (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State: Reasonable likelihood that escaped detainee faces risk in the event of return

Monday, October 28, 2019

On 28 October 2019, the Court of Appeal published its ruling on RS (Sri Lanka) EWCA Civ 1796 concerning the refusal to grant international protection status to a Sri Lankan national who had escaped detention.  

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Country of Decision: Germany , Date of Decision: 14-12-2017

Country of Decision: Germany , Country of Applicant: Syria , Date of Decision: 20-12-2018

Article 8 (1) of the Dublin III Regulation provides for a subjective right to family reunification, both for the applicant himself and for the family members present in the Member State responsible. This right is also justiciable to the extent that denial of transfer affects the rights to family unity and the best interest of an unaccompanied minor.

The expiry of the time limit for the submission of a take charge request pursuant to Article 21 (1) of the Dublin III Regulation, as well as for the submission of a request to review the rejection of a take charge request (so-called "remonstration") pursuant to Article 5 (2) of the Implementing Regulation to the Dublin II Regulation, does not reverse the responsibility back to the requesting Member State if the failure to comply with the time limit cannot be attributed to the applicant and family unity and the best interests of the child take precedence over the procedural rules on time limits.

Due to the paramount importance of the right to family unit and the best interests of the child, the discretion under Article 17(2) of the Dublin III Regulation translates into a legal obligation of the Member State to invoke the sovereignty clause where there are close family ties. Beyond such family ties, no further special relationship or interdependency is required.

Whether a minor is "unaccompanied" within the meaning of Article 2 lit. j of the Dublin III Regulation depends on the domestic law in the Member State where the minor is present. 

Country of Decision: Germany , Country of Applicant: Syria , Keywords: Überstellung nach der Dublin-Verordnung , Date of Decision: 17-07-2019

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