Asylum in the EU: which country will handle your claim?

Guidance explaining which country will handle your claim if you have asked for asylum in the European Union (EU).


“I have asked for asylum in the EU – which country will handle my claim?”

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This document contains information about the Dublin regulations for applicants seeking asylum in the EU. It covers:

  • the Dublin countries
  • how long it takes to decide which country will consider your application
  • how long before your application is looked at
  • how we decide which country is responsible for your application
  • what to do if you don’t want to go to another country
  • why we need your fingerprints
  • what your rights are
Published 18 December 2014