A case in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal has brought to public attention the Dublin Regulation which forms the basis for determining the EU Member State responsible for deciding applications for asylum from third country nationals. The UK has opted in to these regulations which are based, firstly, on the principle of family reunion in deciding which Member State is responsible for an application for asylum. The case concerned unaccompanied minors in Calais who wished their case to be heard in the UK on the basis that they already had relatives here. They won their case but the Home Secretary has been given permission to appeal on the underlying principles. At present it seems unlikely that there will be a large number of applicants who would benefit from the outcome of this case.
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