According to Article 12(2-bis) of the Procedure Decree, the CNDA may designate countries for the nationals of which the personal interview can be omitted, on the basis that subsidiary protection can be granted (see Regular Procedure: Personal Interview). Currently, the CNDA has not yet designated such countries.
The issue, on 4 October 2019, of the Safe Country of Origin decree, has directly affected the treatment and prerogatives of asylum seekers whose nationalities are indicated by the decree, also because of the CNDA directive to consider all rejections as manifestly unfounded applications.
Statistics on decisions in asylum applications in 2019 show a recognition rate of about 92% for Afghans, 92 % for Venezuelans, 91% for Somalis and 73% for Iraqis. Syrians do not appear in the 2019 statistics among the main countries of origin of asylum seekers.
In practice, as already highlighted in Hotspots and Registration, some nationalities face more difficulties to access the asylum procedure, both at hotspots and at Questure. In the hotspots, ASGI has directly recorded in 2019 that people from Tunisia were notified expulsion orders despite having expressly requested international protection.
Statistics on Algerians highlight perhaps similar problems, as they are among the main foreign citizens disembarked but not included among the main nationalities of asylum seekers of 2019.