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The EU Dublin system and further EU asylum law

Prof. Christa Tobler explains the EU Dublin system of the EU with its rules of asylum as it evolved over time.

The EU is developing a Common European Asylum System.

Asylum law was originally not a field for European integration. However, at some point the European Union (EU) began with the building of what is called the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The system aims to offer appropriate status to any third-country national requiring international protection. So far, the system is not encompassing, ie certain issues are left to the Member States. In addition, not every EU Member State participates in the system. Conversely, Switzerland as a non-Member State is associated to a particular sub-part of the EU asylum system, namely the so-called Dublin law. The Union’s Dublin law is currently under revision. Notably, there is a proposal for a so-called ‘Dublin IV Regulation’.

After having watched this video, you may want to reflect on whether you have understood the difference between the three legal categories that we mentioned.

We advise you to first go through the two PDFs (‘list of matters’ and ‘definition of refugee’) that you can find under ‘downloads’. Then consider the individual situation of migrants from certain, specific countries and their chances, given the situation in their country or place of origin today, for benefiting from entry and residence rights under either of these categories.

So: imagine you are a migrant from a certain, specific country. What is your chance to benefit from entry and residence rights under these categories?

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