Migration and Home Affairs

Judgement of the Court of Human Rights on the transfer of asylum seekers under the EU Dublin Regulation

Friday, 21 January, 2011

The European Court of Human Right (ECHR) delivered its Grand Chamber judgment in the case of M.S.S. v Belgium and Greece on Friday 21 January 2011. The case concerns the expulsion of asylum seekers in application of the EU Dublin Regulation. The applicant, an Afghan national, left Kabul early in 2008 and, travelling via Iran and Turkey, entered the European Union through Greece. The application for asylum lodged by the applicant was not examined in Belgium and the applicant was transferred to Greece pursuant to the "Dublin" Regulation.

For more information:

  • MEMO/11/35: Statement of Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs and Background information
  • ECHR: PDF File The Court ruling