During 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dublin-case deportations to other European countries were suspended for a few months. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) was previously of the opinion that the transfer deadlines will "pause" during the corona pandemic only to continue afterwards. The idea, however, was legally controversial, as both the EU and various courts have ruled that the transfer deadlines continued to run during the Corona pandemic.
Then, at the beginning of August 2020, the BAMF decided that people whose transfer deadline had expired during 2020 due to pandemic can apply for asylum in Germany if they have not appealed to court against BAMF's decision. In other words, these individuals are not going to be deported to the other EU country.
People who are currently going through legal proceedings against BAMF's decision are not affected by this regulation. You can find out more about the Dublin procedure and your possibilities in our chapter "Dublin procedure".
If you find yourself in a Dublin procedure, make sure to seek advice from a lawyer or counselling centre. Contact the Refugee Council or Proasyl in your state if you need help finding a lawyer/counselling centre.