The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that unaccompanied children who have applied for asylum in more than one EU Member State, and who do not have relatives legally residing in the EU, shall remain in the country where their most recent asylum application was lodged, and that country shall take responsibility for the examination of their claim.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has found that Austria violated an asylum seeker’s right to an effective remedy (Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights) against the decision to be sent back to Hungary under the Dublin Regulation.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that the Returns Directive, which allows for the detention of migrants awaiting return for up to 18 months, does not apply to asylum seekers while their applications are being processed.
The systematic use of detention of irregular migrants and asylum seekers has come to be viewed as legitimate across the EU, despite EU legislation stipulating that detention only be used as a last resort, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, François Crépeau, said this week, presenting the findings of his latest report at a conference at the European Parliament hosted by PICUM
On 15 May, the Belgian government published a Royal Decree establishing its unchanged list of ‘Safe Countries of Origin’ of asylum seekers, which includes Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYROM and India.