The EU countries as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have drawn up common rules for where an asylum application is to be processed (the Dublin Regulation). The purpose of the Dublin Regulation is to ensure that all asylum seekers can have their asylum case processed in just one European country.
The Dublin Regulation contains several criteria detailing which European country is responsible for an asylum application. It may be, for example, that an asylum seeker has a family who have also applied for asylum or obtained a residence permit as refugees in a particular country, or that the asylum seekers have given fingerprints or been issued a visa to a particular country.
It is the task of the Danish Immigration Service to assess whether the asylum case should be processed in Denmark, or whether one should transfer to another European country to have the asylum case processed there.
If the Danish Immigration Service decides that an asylum application must be processed in another European country, the asylum seeker can file a complaint with the Refugee Appeals Board. The deadline for complaints is seven days, and the asylum seeker also has the right to be represented by DRC Danish Refugee Council.
When DRC Danish Refugee Council represents an asylum seeker during the appeal case, a meeting is held with the asylum seeker and a complaint is written, which is sent to the Refugee Appeals Board. DRC Danish Refugee Council also keeps the asylum seeker informed about the outcome of the case.
The asylum seeker has the right to stay in Denmark while the Refugee Appeals Board processes the appeal, provided that the appeal deadline has been met.