Netherlands: The expanding list of safe countries of origin

Ghana, India, Mongolia, Jamaica, Senegal and Morocco have been designated as "safe countries of origin" by the Dutch Minister for Immigration, according to a letter addressed to the Parliament on 12 February 2016. The letter clarifies that Morocco and Senegal are designated as safe for all persons except LGBTI individuals, while the same assessment concluded that Egypt cannot be included in the list.

The addition of the above countries extends the list of "safe countries of origin", which was introduced in the Netherlands following the transposition of the recast Asylum Procedures Directive. The list designated EEA countries, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as well as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYROM, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia as safe in November 2015


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