The safe country concepts


Country Report: The safe country concepts Last updated: 05/06/24


Teresa Fachinger, Paula Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik and Marlene Stiller

Both the ‘safe third country’ concept and the ‘safe country of origin’ concept are incorporated in the German Constitution (Grundgesetz) and further defined in the Asylum Act.[1] The concept of ‘another third country’, akin to the ‘first country of asylum’ concept, has been incorporated in the inadmissibility concept of the Asylum Act following the reform entering into force in August 2016 (see Admissibility procedure).

F. The safe country concepts contains sections on:

  1. Safe country of origin
  2. Safe third country
  3. First country of asylum


[1] Article 16a(2)-(3) Basic Law.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation