Subsequent applications

Hungary

Country Report: Subsequent applications Last updated: 30/11/20

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Subsequent applications

A subsequent application is considered as an application following a final termination or rejection decision on the former application. New circumstances or facts have to be submitted in order for a subsequent application to be admissible.[2] Persons who withdraw their application in writing or tacitly cannot request the continuation of their asylum procedure upon return to Hungary; therefore, they will have to submit a subsequent application and present new facts or circumstances (see section Dublin: Situation of Dublin Returnees).

In 2019 there were 32 subsequent applicants.[3]

Submitting a subsequent application carries a series of consequences for the applicant:

(a)   New facts or circumstances have to be presented in order for the application to be admissible;[4]

(b)   Admissible subsequent applications are examined in an accelerated procedure (see section on the Accelerated Procedure);[5]

(c)   The court hearing of subsequent applicants who are detained can be dispensed if their subsequent application is based on the same factual grounds as the previous one;[6]

(d)   The NDGAP hearing can be dispensed if a person failed to state facts or to provide proofs that would allow the recognition as a refugee or beneficiary of subsidiary protection in the subsequent application;[7]

(e)   The right to remain on the territory and reception conditions throughout the examination of application are not provided for the subsequent asylum application (except having been granted subsidiary or tolerated status prior to the subsequent application).[8] Since all asylum seekers except unaccompanied minors below age of 14 are kept in the transit zone (without the right to enter Hungary) for the whole duration of asylum procedure, the fact that the subsequent applicants do not have a right to remain on the territory does not actually mean that they are returned to Serbia before getting a decision in their asylum procedure. They are also allowed to stay in the transit zone. However, they do not receive any food or any other material conditions. They only get a bed in a living container. The HHC requested the ECtHR to issue an interim measure based on Rule 39 in case of a subsequent applicant who did not receive any food in the transit zone.[9] The interim measure was granted but the Hungarian authorities did not comply with it. The HHC requested another interim measure, which was also granted, and this time the Court explicitly requested the Hungarian Government to provide food to the applicant. The Hungarian Government did not abide by this request either.[10]

(f)    Judicial review of rejected subsequent applications does not have a suspensive effect (see Accelerated Procedure);[11]

(g)   Amendments entered into force on 1 January 2018 provided that subsequent procedures are no longer free of charge. As a general rule, applicants in repeat procedures are granted exemption from paying for any costs incurred during the procedure (e.g. related to expert opinions) but applicants having adequate financial resources may be required to pay such fees. This is decided on a case-by-case basis by the NDGAP based on the personal circumstances of the applicants, and a standalone legal remedy is available against the interim decision of the NDGAP.[12]

(h)   Under the rules applied in case of state crisis due to mass migration,[13] the subsequent asylum seeker shall not be entitled to exercise the right to stay on the territory, to aid, support and accommodation and to undertake employment.[14]

There is no time limit for submitting a subsequent application or explicit limitation on the number of asylum applications that may be lodged.

Not much guidance is provided by the Asylum Act as to what can be considered as new elements. Section 86 of the Asylum Decree only stipulates that the refugee authority shall primarily assess whether the person seeking recognition was able to substantiate any new facts or circumstances as grounds for the recognition of the applicant as a refugee or as a beneficiary of subsidiary protection. The existence or not of new facts or circumstances is determined in the admissibility procedure.

Given the lack of clear and publicly available guidelines, the NDGAP may interpret the concept of “new facts or circumstances” in a restrictive and arbitrary way. Example of such arbitrary interpretation occurred in 2019. An Afghan family received an inadmissible decision, based on Serbia being a “safe transit country” and the court confirmed the decision. However, Serbia then explicitly refused to take back the applicants. The NDGAP refused to continue examining their application on the merits, but instead changed their expulsion order from Serbia to Afghanistan. The applicants submitted another request for asylum, but the NDGAP rejected it as inadmissible subsequent application, since according to the NDGAP no new facts were provided. Refusal of Serbia to admit the applicants was not considered to be a new fact by the NDGAP. The decision was quashed by the Metropolitan Court and the Court explicitly stated that this is inappropriate use of subsequent procedures.[15]   

 

 

 

 



[1]           Most of the asylum seekers are held in the transit zones, which means that none of them has a right to remain on the territory of Hungary. They are waiting to be granted the right to enter the territory. But this does not mean that subsequent applicants would have to wait for their decision in Serbia, they are allowed to wait for them in the transit zones, but they are not entitled to any food or hygienic kits. So in practice we can speak of a suspension of removal, but not in the sense of having a right to remain on the territory, only in the transit zone.

[2]           Section 51(2)(d) Asylum Act.

[3]           Information provided by NDGAP, 3 February 2020.

[4]           Section 51(2)(d) Asylum Act.

[5]           Section 51(7)(f) Asylum Act.

[6]           Section 68(4)(c) Asylum Act.

[7]           Section 43(2)(b) Asylum Act.

[8]           Section 80/K(11) Asylum Act. This is due to the mass migration crisis measures.

[9]           ECtHR, R.R. v. Hungary, Application No 36037/17.

[10]          Politico, ‘Hungary ignoring court orders to improve border camp conditions: watchdog’, 29 July 2017, available at http://politi.co/2FZsPpR.

[11]          Section 53(2) Asylum Act.

[12]          Section 34 Asylum Act.

[13]          Section 80/K(11) Asylum Act.

[14]          As it is set out in Section 5(a)– (c) Asylum Act.

[15]       Metropolitan Court, 15.K.31.737/2019/17.

 

 

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