folder VI. Safe Country of Origin

Main Debate

Does the safe country of origin notion undermine the right to have a claim assessed individually?


Main Points

Safe country of origin notion:

As a bar to access to procedures

As a rebuttable presumption of unfoundedness of claim

‘White lists’ of safe countries of origin

Need for individual assessment of claims

Criteria for designating countries as ‘safe’

UNHCR Document

See also UNHCR, Improving Asylum Procedures, March 2010, in Section V.2.4.3.