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Resources: Dublin IV

In May 2016 the European Commission proposed a new regulation for the Common European Asylum System: “Dublin IV.”The proposal has come as a result of the increasing pressure resulting from the ‘refugee crisis’ in 2015. This page covers the contents of the proposal and viewpoints of various actors in the sector on the proposed changes.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person (recast)

(4th May 2016) The Dublin IV proposal by the European Commission.

ECRE European Council on Refugees and Exiles: Comments on the Commission Proposal for a Dublin IV Regulation

(October 2016) This paper provides a full review of the Commission’s proposal (Dublin IV). The paper starts with a summary of ECRE’s key observations on the proposal and provides its recommendations as to how the proposal could be amended.

European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs: The Reform of the Dublin III Regulation

(June 2016) This paper examines the performance of Dublin III and of relocation schemes, and assesses the Commission’s Dublin IV Proposal in this light. It argues that Dublin IV is unlikely to achieve its objectives while raising human rights concerns. It advocates re-centring EU responsibility allocation schemes on one key objective – quick access to asylum procedures. This requires taking protection seekers’ preferences seriously and de-bureaucratising the process. Such a reform would need to be accompanied by (a) stepping up the enforcement of refugee rights across the EU, (b) moving solidarity schemes from a logic of capacity-building to one of compensation, and (c) granting protected persons real mobility rights.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA): Opinion on the impact on children of the proposal for a revised Dublin Regulation

(23rd November 2016) This paper analyses the effects on children of the proposed recast Dublin IV Regulation. It covers child-specific rules as well as provisions relating to all asylum applicants that significantly affect children. The report submits 22 legal opinions on the Dublin IV proposals’ impact on the rights of children.

AIDA: CEAS Reform: State of Play of Negotiations on the Dublin IV Regulation

(30th November 2017) A breakdown of some of the key changes to be introduced by the Dublin IV proposal and the negotiations within the European Council. 

European Parliament Briefing: Reform of the Dublin System

(10th March 2017) This note provides a summary from the European Parliament on the key issues faced by the current system, the need for reform, the key changes envisaged by the proposal for the recast regulations and a summary of the views expressed by various international advisory committees, parliaments, stakeholders and academics.