First country of asylum


Country Report: First country of asylum Last updated: 21/09/23

The concept of first country of asylum is defined as a country where the applicant has been recognised as a refugee or otherwise enjoys sufficient protection, including respect of the non-refoulement principle, and maybe readmitted thereto. This is also mentioned as a ground for inadmissibility.[1]

No information is available about the application of this concept. According to the IPA this provision may apply “on a case-by-case basis”. The IPA reported that no decision has been taken on the basis of this concept in 2021 and no further update in 2022.




[1] Article 24(1)(b) Refugees Act.

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