First country of asylum


Country Report: First country of asylum Last updated: 30/05/22


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The “first country of asylum” concept is a ground for inadmissibility (see Admissibility Procedure and Fast-Track Border Procedure).

According to Article 85 IPA, a country shall be considered to be a “first country of asylum” for an applicant provided that he or she will be readmitted to that country, if the applicant has been recognised as a refugee in that country and can still enjoy of that protection or enjoys other effective protection in that country, including benefiting from the principle of non-refoulement. The “first country of asylum” concept is not applied as a stand-alone inadmissibility ground in practice. No application was rejected solely on this ground in 2021.[1]




[1] Information provided by the Asylum Service, 26 March 2019.

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