The so-called Dublin system regulates which member state is responsible for processing an application for asylum. The heart of this agreement is the Dublin Regulation. An application is examined just once within the Dublin area. This approach ensures that an application is actually examined and that asylum seekers cannot be shifted from one country to another without receiving a proper asylum procedure (in order to avoid «refugees in orbit»). The Dublin Regulation is also intended to prevent asylum seekers from migrating on to other member states and lodging an asylum application multiple times.
No change in deeply dysfunctional Dublin system
31th of March / A statistical update published by ECRE’s Asylum Information Database (AIDA) releasing figures for 12 European countries from 2016 reveals persisting fundamental dysfunctions in the Dublin system. The main operators of the Dublin Regulation in 2016 were Germany with 55,690 requests and 3,968 transfers, Switzerland with 15,203 requests and 3,750 transfers and Sweden with 12,118 requests and 5,244 transfers.
AIDA – Asylum Infomation Database
The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a project of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention across 16 European Union (EU) Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, France, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom) and 2 non-EU countries (Switzerland, Turkey).
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