Differential treatment of specific nationalities in the procedure


Country Report: Differential treatment of specific nationalities in the procedure Last updated: 23/03/21


Nikola Kovačević

There is no a priori difference in the treatment of asylum seekers based on their nationality in terms of the asylum procedure.

Since the entry into force of the Asylum Act in 2008, the Asylum Office rendered 126 decisions and Asylum Commission 3 decisions jointly granting asylum to 185 persons, including from Libya (45), Syria (27), Afghanistan (25), Iran (12), Iraq (13), Ukraine (11), Cuba (7), Burundi (5), Sudan (5), Somalia (4), Ethiopia (3), Russia (3), Pakistan (3), Cameroon (2), Nigeria (2) Turkey (2), Stateless (2) Lebanon (1), Egypt (1), South Sudan (1), Bangladesh (1), Tunisia (1), Kazakhstan (1), Mali (1) and China (1). It cannot be claimed with certainty that specific nationalities are differently treated than others. However, it can be safely stated that there is a contradicting practice when it comes to Afghan asylum applicants, as well as Iranian applicants who converted from Islam to Christianity.

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