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Sweden: Limit on Asylum Seekers Reached, Measures to Cope with Influx

(Nov. 12, 2015) On November 5, 2015, the Minister of Migration and Justice, Morgan Johansson, announced that Sweden had reached the limit on its capacity to receive asylum seekers, stating, “all countries have a limit – this is where we are now.” After utilizing all available evacuation housing, the government could not guarantee, he added, […]

Germany: Parliament Adopts Legislative Package on Asylum and Refugees

(Nov. 2, 2015) On October 20, 2015, the German Bundestag (parliament), with the participation of the German Bundesrat, the constitutional body through which the German states participate in the legislative process, enacted the Act on the Acceleration of Asylum Procedures. The Act amends several laws in order to accelerate the asylum process, substitute benefits in […]

European Union: European Council’s Commitments to Refugee Crisis

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 24, 2015, the European Council, composed of heads of state or of government, convened in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the unfolding migrant crisis in the European Union. (Press Release, European Council, Informal Meeting of EU Heads of State or Government on Migration, 23 September 2015 – Statement (Sept. 24, 2015).) […]

European Union: Commission Adopts New Measures to Respond to Refugee Crisis

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 9, 2015, the European Commission adopted a Communication that contains short- and long-term measures to address the current migrant crisis, to assist countries of entry through the creation of “hotspots,” and to address the root causes of irregular migration. The concrete operational, budgetary, and legal proposals are all annexed to […]

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

(Sept. 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in the European Union during the last six months and in order to improve the situation of […]

Belgium; European Court of Human Rights: Belgium Condemned for Degrading Treatment of Roma Family of Asylum Seekers

(July 16, 2015) On July 7, 2015, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rendered a Chamber judgment in the case of V.M. and Others v. Belgium, in which the majority held that Belgium had violated article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights and article 13 (right […]

Kenya: High Court Temporarily Suspends Parts of Security Laws (Amendment) Bill

(Jan. 2, 2015) On January 2, 2015, Kenya’s High Court temporarily suspended, pending a full hearing, the implementation of parts of the recently enacted Security Laws (Amendment) Act, after determining that the parts in question raised human rights concerns. (Kenya Court Suspends Parts of the Two-Week-Old Security Law, REUTERS AFRICA (Jan. 2, 2015).) The Court […]

Germany: Asylum Procedure Act Amended to Restrict Applicants from Balkan States

(Dec. 19, 2014) The Bundesrat (Federal Council), the upper house of Germany’s parliament, has passed amendments to the country’s Asylum Procedure Act that will deny as “unfounded” applications of asylum seekers from the western Balkan states of Serbia, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Germany’s Upper Chamber Passes Asylum Law Reform, DW (Sept. 19, 2014).) The Bundestag, the […]

Court of Justice of the European Union: Evidence Required of Applicants for Asylum Persecuted for Homosexuality in Country of Origin

(Dec. 17, 2014) On December 2, 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment on a preliminary question posed by a court in the Netherlands, as to whether individuals who are persecuted for being homosexuals are eligible to apply for asylum in the EU. (Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber): […]

Kenya: Parliament Considering Security Laws Amendment Legislation

(Dec. 16, 2014) Kenya’s Parliament is considering passage of the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which would amend over 20 different laws. (Mohammed Yusuf, Kenya’s Proposed Security Law Stirs Debate, VOICE OF AMERICA (Dec. 11, 2014).) The proposed legislation follows a series of terrorist attacks launched by Al-Shabab, a Somalia-based terrorist group, and mounting public […]