Main Debate

Efficient v. fair procedures

Main Points

Contrast between UNHCR and EU definition of ‘manifestly unfounded’ claims

Abridged safeguards

Shifts in the standard and burden proof

Procedural and formal grounds (as opposed to grounds related to the merits) for channelling claims into accelerated procedures

EU Documents

Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection (recast), OJ L 180/60, 29 June 2013.

Council Directive 2005/85/EC of 1 December 2005 on Minimum Standards on Procedures in Member States for Granting and Withdrawing Refugee Status, OJ 326 13, 13 December 2005, Arts. 23, 28, 34, 35, 39.

Council Resolution of 20 June 1995 on Minimum Guarantees for Asylum Procedures OJ 274 13, 19 September 1996.

Resolution on Manifestly Unfounded Applications for Asylum, The Council, Conclusions of the Meeting of the Ministers responsible for Immigration Doc. 10579/92 IMMIG (London 30 Nov–1 Dec 1992).

UNHCR Documents

UNHCR, ExCom Conclusion No 30 (XXXIV), ‘The Problem of Manifestly Unfounded or Abusive Applications for Refugee Status or Asylum’, 1983.

UNHCR, ExCom Conclusion No 8 (XXVIII), ‘Determination of Refugee Status’, 12 October 1977.

UNHCR, ‘Position on Manifestly Unfounded Applications for Asylum’, 3rd International Symposium on the Protection of Refugees in Central Europe (Geneva: UNHCR, 1997), pp. 397–399.

UNHCR, ’An Overview of Protection Issues in Western Europe: Legislative Trends and Positions Taken by UNHCR’, vol. 1, no. 3, European Series (Geneva: UNHCR, 1995).

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


Brahim Samba Diouf v. Ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et de l’Immigration, C-69/10, Court of Justice of the European Union, 27 July 2011.

See also H.I.D. and B. A. in Section VI.2.4.3.



S. Mullally, Manifestly Unjust: A Report on the Fairness and Sustainability of Accelerated Procedures for Asylum Determination (September 2001), pp. 59–65.

S. Oakley, ‘Accelerated Procedures for Asylum in the European Union: Fairness Versus Efficiency’, Sussex Migration Working Paper no. 43, April 2007.

P. Van Cleyenbreugel, ‘Case C-69/10, Brahim Samba Diouf v. Ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et de l’ immigration, Judgment of the Court of Justice (Second Chamber) of 28 July 2011’, Common Market Law Review, vol. 49, no. 1 (2012), pp. 327-347.


R. Byrne, ‘Future Perspectives: Accession and Asylum in an Expanded European Union Manifestly Unfounded Claims’, in R. Byrne, G. Noll, and J. Vedsted-Hansen (eds), New Asylum Countries? Migration Control and Refugee Protection in an Enlarged European Union (The Netherlands: Kluwer International Law, 2002), pp. 403–408.

Editor’s Note

A discussion of accelerated and manifestly unfounded procedures should also consider their relationship to the notions of safe third country and safe country of origin. A consideration of procedural safeguards should consider issues such as, inter alia, legal representation, oral hearings, and appeals, with and without, suspensive effect.

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