Beneficiaries of international protection travelling to and contacting authorities of their country of origin: challenges, policies and practices in the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland: EMN Synthesis

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This EMN study explores the policies and practices in 24* EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland regarding beneficiaries of international protection who travel back to their country of origin, or who have contact with authorities from these countries. The study also examines the motivations of the individuals in question, and how such cases would be assessed by the national authorities in the countries that granted them refugee status.

Increased attention given to this issue in some of the countries taking part in the research have contributed to changes to national policies and practices, as well as changes in legislation to provide national authorities with supplementary means of monitoring the situation. The study found that most countries participating in the research did consider travel to the country of origin as an indication that protection may no longer be needed, which could lead them to examine the purpose of the travel or contact with the authorities, and to reassess the international protection status. However, the act of travel alone would not automatically lead to cessation.

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* Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, German, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK

Author(s):European Migration Network
Publisher:Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Publication Date:05 Nov 2019
Reference Period:01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2018
Geographic Focus:Europe
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