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PACE committee calls for greater coherence in assessing which third countries are safe for asylum seekers

PACE’s Migration Committee is encouraging the development of “new and up-to-date criteria” at the Council of Europe level for states to assess the safety of third countries when transferring asylum seekers.

Approving a draft resolution based on a report by Stephanie Krisper (Austria, ALDE), the committee said there were situations which could cause “legal uncertainty”, to the detriment of asylum seekers, especially given recent legal developments.

Asylum seekers should have “a fair possibility to rebut the presumption of safety”, the parliamentarians said, proposing that procedural requirements could be developed at Council of Europe level.

They called for objective and independent monitoring of national law and practice.

The report is due to be debated by the plenary Assembly in October.