10 December 2015

The updated AIDA report on Croatia documents the reform of the asylum system brought about by the Law on International and Temporary Protection, which entered into force in July 2015. The law has introduced numerous changes, including a reduction of the grounds for applying the accelerated procedure in line with the recast Asylum Procedures Directive and defining grounds for the detention of asylum seekers in line with the recast Reception Conditions Directive. The notion of “risk of absconding”, related to detention for the purposes of transferring an asylum seeker under the Dublin Regulation, is also defined with regard to several criteria.

Following the intensification of the refugee crisis in September 2015, Croatia has arranged the accommodation of asylum seekers only in Kutina, one of the two reception centres in the country. At the same time, plans to establish a special facility for vulnerable groups i.e. children, within Croatia’s existing detention centre, initially foreseen for the end of the year, was completed in September, reports the Croatian Law Centre.

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This article appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 11 December 2015. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.