30 September 2011

Update re. EU Asylum Quality

As noted in this earlier post, a conference was held recently to mark the completion of the "Further Developing EU Asylum Quality" project. A summary report of the project is now available on Refworld. Also newly available is a training manual entitled "Building in Quality: A Manual on Building a High Quality Asylum System." The opening paragraph of the Introduction explains the purpose of the manual:

The purpose of this Manual is to provide a short introduction to the various elements which are involved in establishing and maintaining a high quality asylum system in line with international and European Union (EU) law. Neither the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees...provide explicit directions on the kind of asylum system a State Party must set up. Equally, the EU acquis communautaire on asylum – comprising the Directives and Regulations relating to asylum and international protection, including notably the Qualification Directive (QD) and the Asylum Procedures Directive (APD) – do not provide specific direction on how asylum claim adjudication is to be carried out. This is left instead to the discretion of each sovereign country, within the terms of international and regional law – including, in the EU, the minimum standards set by the asylum Directives and Regulations. As a result, there are many different approaches adopted in the EU and throughout the world.

The manual incorporates a number of checklists and assessment forms to facilitate the decision-making process.

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