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Sweden/ECHR: Court Rejects Deportation of Iraqis Connected to U.S. Forces

(Oct. 20, 2016) On August 23, 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a judgment against Sweden for attempting to deport three Iraqi citizens in violation of article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits subjecting persons “to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or […]

Netherlands: Grounds for Revoking Asylum Residence Permits Broadened

(June 30, 2016) In a letter of May 25, 2016, to the Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament, K.H.D.M. Dijkhoff, the Minister for Migration, indicated that the policy on revocation or refusal of an asylum residence permit will be made more stringent. Dijkhoff stated, “[w]hen people commit serious crimes that severely impact the […]

New Zealand: Annual Refugee Quota Increased

(June 15, 2016) On June 13, 2016, the New Zealand government announced that it will increase the country’s annual refugee quota from 750 to 1,000 places from the start of the 2018 fiscal year, which begins April 1, 2018.  (Press Release, Michael Woodhouse, Govt Announces Increase to Refugee Quota (June 13, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.)  The refugee […]

Australia/Papua New Guinea: Supreme Court Rules Asylum-Seeker Detention Is Unconstitutional

(May 2, 2016) On April 26, 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers at a facility on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, which was established under an arrangement with Australia, is a breach of their right to personal liberty under the Papua New Guinea Constitution. (Namah v Pato [2016] […]

Austria: State of Emergency Legislation Being Considered to Limit Refugee Numbers

(Apr. 19, 2016) A legal opinion commissioned by the Austrian government and delivered in March 2016 found that the plan of the Austrian Federation, states, municipalities, and cities to impose an upper limit on the amount of refugees, if the limit is understood as an absolute number, violates international and European Union law. According to […]

Finland/Russian Federation: Agreements Concluded to Stem Migrant Flow

(Apr. 7, 2016) Finland and Russia have concluded two agreements on cross-border traffic designed to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the Eastern Lapland region of Finland. According to Päivi Nerg of Finland’s Ministry of the Interior, the two countries have been concerned about the number of migrants travelling in a westward direction into […]

Netherlands: Ministerial Letter Issued to New Asylum Seekers

(Mar. 14, 2016) On February 18, 2016, the State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands, K.H.D.M. Dijkhoff, issued a letter to asylum seekers advising them that the total period within which the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will make a decision on requests for asylum by new asylum seekers will be extended to […]

Hungary/Sweden: Sweden Stops Deportation and Relocation of Asylum Seekers to Hungary

(Mar. 4, 2016) On March 2, 2016, the Swedish Migration Court of the Stockholm Administrative Court revoked the decision by the Swedish Migration Authority to send asylum seekers who had sought asylum both in Sweden and in Hungary back to Hungary in conformity with the Dublin Regulation. (Press Release, Migration Court of Stockholm Administrative Court, […]

Netherlands: List of Safe Countries of Origin for Asylum Purposes Expanded

(Feb. 12, 2016) On February 9, 2016, the State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Klaas Dijkhoff, announced that he will add six jurisdictions to the country’s list of safe countries of origin; persons from countries on this list are deemed presumptively ineligible for asylum. The new additions are Ghana, India, Jamaica, Morocco, Mongolia, and Senegal, although Morocco […]