This EMN report maps how EU Member States detect and classify vulnerabilities of applicants for international protection. It also reviews how the follow-up of such detections is guaranteed by authorities and stakeholders. The EMN report identified some commonalities and discrepancies in the Member States’ praxis. For instance, the most common vulnerabilities Member States detect in the international protection procedure relate to the applicants’ age, family composition, psycho-medical conditions, gender, and sexual orientation. The majority of Member States have a procedure in place to guarantee the follow-up of the detection of vulnerabilities. In more than half of these Member States, the analysis seems to indicate that this follow-up procedure is more formalised, whereas in other Member States the follow-up is assured on a less formalised and case-by-case basis.
5 Nov 2021