Dublin III

The “Dublin III” Regulation determines which European state, of those bound by this regulation, is responsible for examining an application for Asylum.

Member States that implement the “Dublin III” Regulation (“Dublin III” countries)
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
When another “Dublin III” is responsible for the examination of an application for asylum
  • If an application has already been submitted in that country
  • If a family member of an unaccompanied minor is legally present in that country
  • If a family member of an adult asylum seeker is legally present in that country and the applicant wishes so
  • If the asylum seeker has a residence permit, even if it is expired for two years, issued in that country
  • If the asylum seeker has a visa, even if it is expired for six months, issued in that country
  • If the asylum seeker, within the last 12 months, irregularly entered that country
  • If the asylum seeker, legally entered that country
  • If the asylum seeker submitted an application in an international transit area of an airport of that country
  • If that country agrees to examine the application on humanitarian grounds
Who is considered a family member in a “Dublin III” country?
For unaccompanied minors: parent, brother/sister, uncle/aunt, grandfather/grandmother

For adults: the spouse (husband or wife) or the life partner (not in all countries) and the minor unmarried children

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