ECRE/ELENA publishes Information Note on Syrians seeking protection in Europe

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ECRE and the European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA) have published an Information Note providing an overview of selected country practices towards those fleeing the Syrian conflict and claiming asylum in Europe. The Note focuses on protection rates and types of protection status granted, access to asylum procedures, detention practices, reception conditions, rules on family reunification, residence permits, resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes, and return policies for Syrian asylum seekers across 21 different European countries.

Both positive and negative practices in relation to Syrian asylum seekers in Europe are documented. While Sweden has, since early September 2013, committed to granting asylum to all Syrians who reach Sweden and apply, and permanent residence once they get international protection, reports of push-backs at the Greek-Turkish border violate the fundamental principle of non-refoulement. The regular detention of Syrian asylum seekers for long periods in overcrowded detention centres in Bulgaria and Cyprus is a cause of great concern. This Note calls for the protection standard to be raised across the continent, recommending that European governments show solidarity with Syrian refugees and Syria’s neighbouring countries, which host the vast majority of those in flight, by ensuring access to international protection in Europe that fully respects their human rights and dignity. The paper also provides a set of recommendations on how to improve the protection of Syrians seeking asylum in Europe.

Read the full Information Note on Syrians seeking protection in Europe.

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