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Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum: credibility assessments in asylum procedures in focus

December 12, 2014

The practices and standards of conducting credibility assessments in asylum procedures were the focus of a two-day expert meeting of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum in The Hague on 8-9 December. The event, co-hosted by the Netherlands and Georgia, brought together representatives of EU member states, Eastern Partnership countries, academia and international organizations. 

The meeting provided participants with an opportunity to review the definition and the role of credibility assessment in refugee status determination, a press release said, adding  “the combination of theoretical and practical sessions allowed for dynamic and open discussions in a friendly atmosphere.”
 
The first day began with a reminder of the theoretical and legislative frameworks of credibility assessments, which were presented by UNHCR and the European Commission, while the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) presented the newly developed training module on credibility assessments.
 
The Polish Halina Niec Legal Aid Centre and the Armenian School of Advocates demonstrated the crucial role of non-state actors in the credibility assessment process, the press release said.
 
The second day started with a presentation by the University of Amsterdam, highlighting the communication difficulties during the interviews, and the following session touched upon concrete practices and specific methods helping to establish credibility of the claim.
 
Ukrainian participants shared their approach to comprehensive age assessment for the cases of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers, underling the need to have multidisciplinary teams of experts for this procedure.
 
To conclude, the Netherlands, Georgia and Moldova outlined the different steps when going from credibility assessment to status determination, stressing that an individual approach in each case remains crucial. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
 
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Press release
 
Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum website
      
EC- Home Affairs cooperation - The Eastern Partnership 
 
EC - Justice - Relations with Neighbourhood countries 
 
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage - migration 
 
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage - Eastern Partnership 
 
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