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Study on Airport Asylum Procedures at European Airports

The Swiss Federal Office for Migration (BFM) has commissioned the ICMPD to undertake a comparative study of asylum procedures at seven European airports - Zürich, Brussels, Frankfurt a.M., London-Heathrow, Vienna, Paris-Roissy and Schiphol.

• To provide an overview of the legal and practical framework and methods applied in the selected airports
• To enable the BMF to put the Swiss policies into a European perspective
• To design better and more rational airport asylum procedures


Comparative analysis of:
• Asylum procedure at the airport
• Accommodation of asylum seekers during the procedure in the transit zone
• Deportation and securing

The study includes elements of field research (qualitative interviews with governmental, non-governmental and international organisations involved as well as visitation of the respective premises at the airport) and desk research (examination of legal texts, literature and relevant statistics).

Duration: 2008–2009
Funded by: Swiss Federal Migration Office (BFM)
Project coordinator: Martin Wagner


Final report - Flughafenverfahrensstudie:
Vergleichende Studie des rechtlichen Rahmens und administrativer Praktiken hinsichtlich der Behandlung von Asylgesuchen und der Rückführung von unzureichend dokumentierten Personen an Flughäfen in sieben Europäischen Staaten
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