Safe Countries of Origin

What does it mean?

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Authorities or the media often talk about "safe countries of origin" ("sicheren Herkunftsländern" or "sicheren Herkunftsstaaten"). But to which countries does the term refer? Here we explain what a so-called "safe country of origin" is and how coming from such countries can affect your asylum procedure in Germany.

What do I need to know?

What is a "Safe Country of Origin"?

What should I consider during my asylum procedure as someone who comes from a "safe country of origin"?

What special rules apply to individuals from "safe countries of origin" during their asylum procedure?


If you have questions about your rights and options, contact a local counselling centre. You can find one on the Pro Asyl website. Furthermore, on you can find lawyers who specialise in refugees' and asylum seekers' issues.