The German government has decided to suspend the Dublin III Regulation in relation to Syrian refugees, the German Foreign Ministry noted that Dublin III Regulation states that asylum seekers are required to claim a refuge in the first EU state they arrive in, and that nothing has changed with regard to this rule.”
For practical considerations in normal cases, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees decided to activate the right of refugee to choose the country that he wants to claim refuge in. It will not return Syrian refugees back to the EU country that have first entered, thus stressing Germany’s sense of humanitarian responsibility towards those particularly affected refugees. The purpose of the decision is to facilitate and speed up the procedures in order to provide a sense of security and an opportunity for integration of refugees. Nonetheless, Syrian refugees have to register themselves in the EU country they first arrived in.
This new regulation is a guideline, not a binding formal directive. The statement also makes clear that in the past, BAMF has examined carefully whether there are any humanitarian reasons for Germany to suspend the regulation on humanitarian grounds. According to BAMF, at the end of July this year, there has been just 131 transfers of Syrian citizens from Germany according to the Dublin Regulation.
However, easing these regulations does not mean suspending the Dublin III Regulation as asylum seekers have to register themselves in the EU country they first arrived in. (Source: Syrian Coalition)