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Asylum Information Database: new reports on Germany, Ireland and Sweden
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New reports have been published by the Asylum Information Database on the legal situation in Germany, Ireland and Sweden, three countries that have all recently made significant changes to their asylum systems.


"The updated country report on Germany provides in-depth insight into the transformation and reform of the German asylum system in the aftermath of large-scale arrivals of asylum seekers. According to estimates by the Federal Ministry of Interior, 280,000 asylum seekers came to Germany in 2016, in comparison to an estimated 890,000 in 2015. In spite of this, the number of registered asylum applications increased significantly, from 476,649 in 2015 to 745,545 applications in 2016, due to the registration of applications made in the previous year. The backlog of non-registered asylum applications has been cleared in 2016."

Overview: AIDA 2016 Update: Germany (ECRE, link) and the full report: Germany (link to pdf)


"The updated Country Report on Ireland tracks developments in the country’s asylum system following substantial reforms introduced in 2016. The main change is the commencement of the International Protection Act, which was signed into law in December 2015 and officially entered into effect on 31 December 2016."

Overview: AIDA 2016 Update: Ireland (ECRE, link) and the full report: Ireland (link to pdf)


"The updated Country Report on Sweden tracks developments in the country’s asylum system following substantial reforms introduced in 2016. Sweden introduced amendments to the Aliens Act entering into force on 1 January 2017, with a view to transposing the recast Asylum Procedures Directive. The law spells out the grounds for considering an application manifestly unfounded and provides that an appeal with suspensive effect is allowed for decisions that can immediately be enforced until the court’s final review of the appeal. The same rules apply for appeals against decisions of the Migration Agency to deem a first subsequent application inadmissible.

However, the most notable reform concerns the rights conferred to those granted international protection. Up until 20 July 2016, the vast majority of residence permits granted to persons in need of international protection or on humanitarian grounds were all permanent. This situation changed from 20 July 2016, when the new temporary law on migration was adopted and entered into force for a 3-year period until 2019."

Overview: AIDA 2016 Update: Sweden (ECRE, link) and the full report: Sweden (link to pdf)

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