Withdrawal of protection status


Country Report: Withdrawal of protection status Last updated: 28/05/24


The grounds for withdrawal of refugee status and subsidiary protection status are similar to those listed in Articles 14 and 19 of the recast Qualification Directive.[1]

The withdrawal procedure is the same as the Cessation procedure. The Migration directorate notifies the beneficiary of international protection in writing about the start of the procedure and the grounds for it. The beneficiary can present their reasons against withdrawal during a personal interview.[2] The beneficiary can also file an application for judicial review against the decision before the Administrative Court within 15 days. The application has suspensive effect.[3]

Two withdrawn decisions were issued in 2021 – out of which one person gave up their status.[4] None were issued in 2022[5] or 2023.[6]




[1] Article 68 IPA.

[2] Article 69(2)-(3) IPA.

[3] Article 70(1) and (3) IPA.

[4] Official statistics provided by the Migration directorate, March 2022.

[5] Official statistics provided by Migration directorate, March 2023.

[6] Official statistics provided by Migration directorate, March 2024.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the first report
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation