Dublin Procedure

Which country will process my asylum application?

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The Dublin III Regulation determines the European country in which your asylum procedure must be processed. Before the Federal Office for Migration & Refugees (BAMF) invites you to the hearing to ask you about your story and your reasons for flight, they first check whether your asylum application should be processed in Germany. If, for instance, your fingerprints have been first filed in another European country or in case you have applied for asylum in another European country before Germany, that European country is responsible for your asylum procedure, which means Germany can send you back there.

The Dublin III Regulation has been ratified in all the EU countries, as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. In principle, the state responsible for your asylum application is the European country you have first entered when you arrived in the EU or the one which has issued you an entry visa.

Attention: Great Britain is no longer a member of the EU since January 1st, 2021. The Dublin III regulation no longer applies to Great Britain. Separate agreements between Great Britain and the individual EU countries can be expected. Currently, however, there are no regulations.

The Dublin Procedure in Germany

Does the Dublin regulation apply to me?

How does the Dublin procedure work?

In which cases is Germany not permitted to transfer me to another Dublin state?

What rights and obligations do I have during the Dublin procedure?

What can I do when Germany wants to send me back to another Dublin country?

What if another Dublin state has already granted me protection?

What other agreements exist besides the Dublin regulation?


If you think your asylum application in Germany may be rejected under the Dublin regulation and due to your flight route, please contact a lawyer immediately after your arrival in Germany. You can find a lawyer, for instance, through Pro Asyl. Their staff speak German and English and can be reached at +49 (0) 69-242 314 20 and proasyl@proasyl.de.