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Sweden: Route to safe area in country of origin must also be assessed in return rulings

Monday, September 2, 2019

On 2 September 2019, the Migration Court of Appeal annulled a decision of the Migration Board due to its failure to fully assess the international protection needs of an asylum applicant of Afghan origin.

The Netherlands: Suspension of Dublin transfer of unaccompanied child and brother to Romania

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

On 20 August 2019, the District Court of the Hague ruled to suspend the transfer to Romania of an unaccompanied child and his adult brother under the Dublin III Regulation 604/2013 (the Dublin Regulation) until an examination of the best interests of the child is carried out.

UNCAT: Return to Turkey of Kurdish asylum applicant was a violation of the Convention

Friday, August 16, 2019

On 16 August 2019, the United Nations Committee against Torture (UNCAT) found that the return of an applicant of Kurdish origin to Turkey by Serbia violated the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention).

Latest Cases

Country of Applicant: China , Keywords: Family reunification, Residence document , Date of Decision: 14-03-2019

Residence permits obtained in the context of family reunification and long-term resident status, under Directives 2003/86 and 2003/109, may be withdrawn if they were issued on the basis of falsified documents, even if the holders were unaware of the fraud committed. 

Country of Applicant: Iran , Keywords: Country of origin information, Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Return, Serious harm, Well-founded fear , Date of Decision: 04-04-2019

Extradition to Iran to face criminal charges would risk a violation of Article 3 due to possible exposure to flogging under Iranian penal law. 

Country of Applicant: Afghanistan , Keywords: Accommodation centre, Best interest of the child, Child Specific Considerations, Detention, Family reunification, Health (right to), Material reception conditions, Reception conditions, Unaccompanied minor, Vulnerable person , Date of Decision: 13-06-2019

Detention conditions in Greek police stations and living conditions in Idomeni Camp in northern Greece for five unaccompanied children were in breach of Article 3 of the Convention. A further violation was found in respect of Article 5 § 1 regarding the “protective custody” of unaccompanied children in police stations.

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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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