Forum réfugiés-Cosi proposes 13 recommendations for reform of French Asylum law

Friday, March 14, 2014

In the lead up to the French Council of Ministers considering reform of the asylum system in April 2014, French NGO Forum réfugiés-Cosi has published 13 recommendations designed to make the asylum system fairer and more protective for applicants seeking international protection in France. The move for reform arises in the context of France’s need to implement the recast EU asylum legislation. According to Forum réfugiés-Cosi, reform is also necessitated by strains on France’s reception capacity, and it is recommended that 10,000 new places are created and distributed more effectively across the country.

Other recommendations include that all asylum seekers should be issued with a temporary residence permit in order to ensure protection of rights and access to housing and universal healthcare coverage while their application is being examined. Applicants subject to the Dublin procedure should be entitled to full reception conditions, including universal healthcare coverage. The French authorities are also called on to apply the Dublin III Regulation’s discretionary clause in order to examine the claims of applicants in cases where the responsible Member State’s asylum system has systemic deficiencies. Consideration of an asylum application at first instance and on appeal must at each stage take no longer than 6 months, without compromising the quality of the decisions. The concept of ‘safe countries of origin’ must be kept under strict review. Asylum applicants whose claims have been rejected, as well as applicants challenging their removal under the Dublin procedure, must be allowed to remain in the country while their appeal is examined. The means of identification and management of vulnerable applicants must be improved, and all unaccompanied children seeking asylum should be afforded quality legal representation.

Read Forum réfugiés-Cosi’s publication (French only).

14 March 2014

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Dublin Transfer
Reception conditions
Residence document
Right to remain pending a decision (Suspensive effect)
Safe country of origin
Unaccompanied minor
Vulnerable person