Differential treatment of specific nationalities in the procedure

France

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Forum Réfugiés - Cosi

There is no explicit policy of considering specific nationalities as manifestly well-founded. At most, we observe that some nationalities obtain higher rates of protection than the average rate (Saudi Arabia 100%, Syria 97.3%, Burundi 93.9%, Yemen 93.8%, Koweit 91.7%, Afghanistan 80.9% at OFPRA level in 2016).1 This has continued into 2017 for nationalities such as Syria (95.2%) and Afghanistan (83.1%) at OFPRA level.2

Asylum seekers that are nationals of countries listed as safe are dealt with most of the time under an accelerated procedure (see section on Safe Country of Origin). However, protection rates for such nationalities are not extremely low. For example, in 2016, asylum seekers from Kosovo had a rate of 10.4% at OFPRA and 12.4% at CNDA level, while asylum seekers from Albania had 11.4% at OFPRA and 9.8% at CNDA.3 In 2017, however, OFPRA granted protection only to 6.5% of Albanians, who were the top nationality of applicants in France.4 Similarly before the CNDA, where Albanians were also the top nationality of appellants, protection was granted to 8.9% of cases.5

  • 1. OFPRA, 2016 Activity report, 113-114.
  • 2. OFPRA, ‘Les données de l’asile 2017 à l’OFPRA, 8 January 2018, available at: http://bit.ly/2EVQB5y.
  • 3. OFPRA, 2016 Activity report, 113-114.
  • 4. OFPRA, ‘Les données de l’asile 2017 à l’OFPRA, 8 January 2018, available at: http://bit.ly/2EVQB5y.
  • 5. CNDA, 2017 Activity report, 41.

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