EU: European Asylum Support Office study: Border procedures for asylum applications in the EU+ countries


A study by EASO looking at how member states have implemented the 2013 Asylum Procedures Directive, which allows for the use of "border procedures" for a rapid assessment of asylum applications. Under measures recently-proposed as part of the Pact on Migration and Asylum, border procedures - and accompanying large-scale detention - would become far more widely-used.

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EASO: Border Procedures for Asylum Applications in EU+ Countries (pdf):

"Repeated calls to organise fast and efficient procedures for international protection have been made within the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), often with a focus on the external borders of the European Union (EU). As a possible solution, a more extensive use of border procedures has been put forward to efficiently process applicants for international protection directly upon arrival.

Currently at the level of national legislation, EU Member States do not have a uniform way of shaping the border procedure provided by the recast Asylum Procedures Directive (APD). As a result, national border procedures are not necessarily comparable nor applied in similar cases.

In this context, this report gathers relevant information on border procedures to inform discussions on the topic...

The report explains the framework provided by the recast APD (Directive 2013/32/EU) for this type of asylum procedure1 and provides an overview of selected aspects of border procedures in EU+ countries,2 focusing on:

    • The scope of the procedure (admissibility, status determination);
    • Countries that apply/do not apply border procedures;
    • The steps in the application of the procedure;
    • Time limits to issue a decision;
    • Possible outcomes;
    • Appeals;
    • Safeguards provided to asylum applicants; and
    • Available data on border procedures.

The latest developments in border procedures at the national level in EU+ countries are also presented, along with relevant case law.
The report concludes by highlighting points raised by stakeholders regarding border procedures in EU+ countries. The main considerations related to border procedures are summarised based on the experiences of EU+ countries where applicable."

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