The safe country concepts


Country Report: The safe country concepts Last updated: 30/11/20


Belgrade Centre for Human Rights Visit Website

The concepts of safe country of origin, first country of asylum and safe third country are set out in the Asylum Act. The application of the safe third country and first country of asylum concept may lead to the asylum application being dismissed as inadmissible by the Asylum Office, although the asylum seeker may be able to prove that the country in question is not safe in his or her individual case. A list of safe countries of origin and safe third countries that used to exist according to the old Asylum Act is not valid anymore, and the fact that a certain country is safe or not is determined on the case by case basis. During 2019, the new Asylum Act was predominantly applied. However, Asylum Office rendered 9 decisions invoking the safe third country concept in line with the old Asylum Act based on the list of safe third countries.

F. The safe country concepts contains sections on:
  1. Safe country of origin

  2. Safe third country

  3. First country of asylum

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