The Dublin System

Following the European Court of Human Rights ruling in M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece in 2011, transfers of asylum-seekers to Greece under the Dublin Regulation were halted. In December 2016, the European Commission issued a Recommendation for the resumption of Dublin returns to Greece despite the fact that the asylum system was under significant pressure and reception conditions had not sufficiently improved.

While courts in various Member States have ruled against the return of asylum-seekers to Greece, countries such as Germany continue to send numerous requests to the Greek Dublin Unit for transfers.

RSA and PRO ASYL monitor and follow-up cases of returned asylum-seekers. The organisation supports litigation efforts together with other NGOs against such returns providing legal expert opinions following the documentation of individual cases.

RSA and PRO ASYL also provide legal support in family reunification cases and document the systematic rejections of family reunifications take-charge requests especially in Germany and Switzerland and their detrimental impact upon the rights of asylum-seekers.

21 Oct: Dublin returns to Greece

Dublin returnees without effective access to asylum procedures and accommodation in Greece, now under risk of readmission to Turkey

01 Nov: The Administrative Arrangement between Greece and Germany

The Administrative Arrangement between Ministry of migration Policy of the Hellenic Republic and the Federal Ministry of Interior of the…

07 Nov: Fighting to reach loved ones: One week of refugees’ hunger strike in Athens over delays in reunifying with their families

“We want to put our heads on our pillows at night and sleep in peace all together.”  Foaz M, 40…

13 Sep: No more separations of families! 2nd part

Many vulnerable refugees in Greece are waiting for prolonged periods to reunify with their family members in Germany. PRO ASYL…

03 Aug: No more separations of families! 1st part

Foto: Salinia Stroux Refugees in Greece are waiting for indefinite periods for their family reunification to Germany. PRO ASYL and…