ICJ comments on the proposed new EU asylum system: Dublin IV Regulation

Europe and Central Asia
Document Type: Analysis Brief
Date: 2016

In a briefing paper issued today, the ICJ presents its comments on three key procedural aspects of the Dublin IV Regulation proposed by the European Commission.

On 4 May 2016, the European Commission published a proposal (Dublin IV) to recast the current Dublin Regulation (Dublin III).

The ICJ submission focuses on the potential impact of the current proposal on the rights of asylum seekers in Europe, including the right to an effective remedy, the principle of non-refoulement and economic and social rights.

In the briefing, the ICJ raises concerns at the introduction of excessively short time-limits for people to access an effective remedy while under the threat of a transfer to another EU Member State deemed responsible to assess the asylum application under the Dublin Regulation.

The ICJ further opposes the limitation of the material scope of the remedy and express concern at the punitive measures imposed on asylum seekers, in particular when they lead to the loss of access to their rights.

The ICJ invites the co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to take these concerns into account during their negotiations.

eu-dublin-iv-regulation_comment-advocacy-analysis-brief-2016-eng (full text in PDF)

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