Red Cross: Position paper on legal avenues and access to international protection in the EU

Friday, October 4, 2013

In its latest position paper, the Red Cross EU office has released a position paper calling on the EU and its member states to ensure that asylum seekers have safe and effective legal avenues to the EU territory to exercise their right to international protection. The paper puts forward nine recommendations aimed at ensuring access to asylum procedures, particularly by respecting refugee and human rights standards at the borders, not penalising the irregular entry of asylum seekers and ensuring an effective right of appeal against denial of entry. The paper has been issued in view of the upcoming communications of the European Commission on new approaches concerning access to asylum procedures targeting main transit countries and on the legal and practical consequences of the EU's accession to the Geneva Convention.

Read the position paper on the website of the Red Cross EU office.

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