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Emilija Berzanskaite
30th September 2021
Employment & Immigration Human Rights

AG Pikamäe: Member States cannot declare applications for refugee status as inadmissible if status already granted in another Member State

Advocate General (AG) Pikamäe has issued his Opinion in case Commissaire général aux réfugiés and aux apatrides (Unité familiale – Protection déjà accordée) (C-483/20), advising that the Court of Justice rule that EU law precludes Member States from declaring an application for international protection automatically inadmissible when the applicant already has refugee status granted in another Member State. 

The case originates in a dispute between the Commissioner-General for Refugees and Stateless Persons in Belgium and the applicant, Syrian national enjoying refugee status in Austria, who requested international protection in Belgium in order to reunite with his daughters, one of whom is a child, who were already granted subsidi


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