Seeking political asylum in a country after being refused in another


What's the case of someone who sought asylum in a European country and got rejected, then moved to another European country and applied again.

Based Dublin Regulation the person will have their fingerprints checked against an EU database, then they will contact the first country that processed their asylum.

Now the questions are, if the first country accept to take charge or take back the person.

  • What will happen to them in the first country?
  • Are there any regulations to stop the second country from sending the person back?
  • Is there any chance they will send them back to home country (the one where there is a threat)?


Posted 2019-07-01T21:06:17.470

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I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because identical question already asked, and answered on Travel stack exchange. – James K – 2019-07-01T22:01:28.450

@JamesK Do you mean this question? What happens if a person is deported to a country that previously refused asylum?

– divibisan – 2019-07-01T22:44:13.697

If you notice the questions are different. – bomsn – 2019-07-01T23:01:43.000

@JamesK the answer on that question is not all encompassing and very narrow in scope, and this is much more of a legal question than a travel question - its much more at home here than there. This one shouldn't be closed - if anything, that one should be (or migrated here). – Moo – 2019-07-02T01:30:50.247



The EU asylum system is in a slight disarray because the southern and south-eastern member states could not cope with the numbers. The Dublin regulations are unfair to the EU member states on the south-eastern borders and the shores of the Mediterranean, who are supposed to handle all refugee matters. Some of them reacted by ceasing to even try, which is no solution, either. Meanwhile, eastern member states demand structural cohesion funds and protection from Russia, yet they wash their hands of the refugee problem.

How it is supposed to work:

A refugee arrives in one EU state. There he makes an application for political asylum. If the application is granted, he can stay. If it is declined, he gets deported to his homeland.

  • The application must be made as soon as the refugee reaches the EU.
  • The refugee has no right to travel within the EU to select where the application is handled. If he tries that, he is sent back.
  • The refugee has no right to make two applications in the EU. The decision of the first application is accepted by all EU members.

How it actually works:

  • Countries like Greece, the Balkans, and Hungary got overwhelmed by the numbers. Germany, Sweden, and others processed the applications by refugees who walked north instead of applying in their country of first arrival.
  • There is a time limit on sending people back to other EU states under Dublin. In some cases the northern countries were unable to complete the paperwork in time.
  • In a few cases, courts in northern Europe decided that sending refugees back to camps in southern EU countries was impossible because they were so overcrowded.

Still, they are trying to get back to an orderly Dublin process, and numbers are much lower now than they were in 2015.

To the specific questions:

  • If refugees are sent back to their first country of arrival, their asylum claim gets processed there.
  • There are a few exceptions to refugees being sent back. Close family already in the asylum process in the second country, medical inability to travel, the second country voluntarily deciding to hear the case.
  • If one EU country declined the asylum application, then the EU does not believe there is a threat, and it will send the applicant back to his home country or any country that will take him.


Posted 2019-07-01T21:06:17.470

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"The Dublin regulations are unfair to the EU member states on the south-eastern borders and the shores of the Mediterranean..." I think that's debatable. It wasn't those negotiating the Dublin Convention that also had the inhumane idea of encouraging thousands of men, women and children cross the Mediterranean, with no assurance of safe travel or a place to reside, to their watery deaths. And I seriously doubt those regulations were put into place with such an event in mind. – ouflak – 2019-07-02T11:10:39.067

1If anything, they were probably put in place with the idea of instability in Europe as a general assumption, something that is not historically unrealistic (such as the break up of Yugoslavia, or Russia invading the Crimea, etc...). – ouflak – 2019-07-02T11:10:43.530

Thanks for the detailed answer, just to understand a little bit more, I've read that rejection only lasts 4 years, after that if you're sent back to first country, are they going to re-consider your application? Allow you to go out...etc? Or, take you into a facility once you're in their hands and keep you there until they put you on a plan to your home country?. – bomsn – 2019-07-02T11:11:54.033

And for the cases where they can't send you, I've ready that this only applied if the first country didn't yet accept to take you back after that, there is nothing you can do, is that correct? – bomsn – 2019-07-02T11:13:49.673

"encouraging thousands of men, women and children cross the Mediterranean, with no assurance of safe travel or a place to reside, to their watery deaths" - well, the primary responsibility for that rests with the belligerents in Syria and Libya? – pjc50 – 2019-07-02T11:49:45.330

@ouflak, most European nations invented their asylum system with the aftermath of WWII in mind. They reformed it with Dublin, and by then large numbers of non-European refugees were very much an issue. Voters and politician proclaimed moral ideals when it was tens or hundreds of thousands per year and it broke down when it became millions. – o.m. – 2019-07-02T15:25:27.670

@pjc50, when you witness a mugging in the street, and you decide not to step in for whatever reason, then the victim's plight may be the primary responsibility of the mugger, but you and any other bystander have the moral duty to help the victim afterwards. Remember the MS St. Louis? "Not my problem," they said. "Let another country step in," they said. The rest is history. – o.m. – 2019-07-02T15:29:58.580

@bomsn, I believe the details of a second asylum application fall under national law. But generally detention for deportation would be much more likely and the procedure would be much shorter as well. – o.m. – 2019-07-02T15:41:29.087