First country of asylum


Country Report: First country of asylum Last updated: 19/04/23


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Under Section 51(2)(c) of the Asylum Act, the ‘first country of asylum’ concerns cases where ‘the applicant was recognised by a third country as a refugee, provided that this protection exists at the time of the assessment of the application and the third country in question is prepared to admit the applicant’. The ‘first county of asylum’ is a ground for inadmissibility, but has not been applied as such until now. There is no further legislative guidance on this concept. The criteria listed in Article 38(1) of the recast Asylum Procedures Directive are not applied.

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