Protection Interrupted: The Dublin Regulation’s Impact on Asylum Seekers’ Protection

10 June 2013|JRS Europe|Reports and publications

Related: Protection

Ever since it was adopted into EU law, the ‘Dublin Regulation’ has never been short of controversy. One of the original intentions of the regulation and the system it has since established was and remains to ensure that an EU government would be responsible for an asylum seeker’s application. One application, one EU member state; this is the principle underlying the architecture of the Dublin system. The regulation also ensures that, by having one responsible member state for an individual asylum application, asylum seekers would not be able to move around Europe in search of a country that would grant them protection. To put an end to what is commonly termed ‘asylum shopping’, was a very worthy goal from the perspective of the EU and its member states.