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Migration and Home Affairs

application for international protection


A request made by a third-country national or a stateless person for protection from a EU Member State, who can be understood to seek refugee status or subsidiary protection status, and who does not explicitly request another kind of protection, outside the scope of Directive 2011/95/EU (Recast Qualification Directive), that can be applied for separately.


Art. 2(h) of Directive 2011/95/EU (Recast Qualification Directive)


  • BG: молба за международна закрила
  • CS: žádost o mezinárodní ochranu
  • DE: Antrag auf internationalen Schutz
  • EL: αίτηση για διεθνή προστασία
  • EN: application for international protection
  • ES: solicitud de protección internacional
  • ET: rahvusvahelise kaitse taotlus
  • FI: kansainvälistä suojelua koskeva hakemus
  • FR: demande de protection internationale
  • GA: iarratas ar chosaint idirnáisiúnta
  • HU: nemzetközi védelem iránti kérelem
  • IT: domanda di protezione internazionale
  • LT: tarptautinės apsaugos prašymas (EU acquis); prašymas suteikti prieglobstį
  • LV: starptautiskās aizsardzības pieteikums
  • MT: Applikazzjoni / Talba għall-protezzjoni internazzjonali
  • NL: verzoek om internationale bescherming
  • PL: wniosek o udzielenie ochrony międzynarodowej
  • PT: pedido de proteção internacional
  • RO: cerere de protectie internationala
  • SK: žiadosť o medzinárodnú ochranu (EU acquis)
  • SL: prošnja za mednarodno zaščito
  • SV: ansökan om internationellt skydd
  • NO: søknad om internasjonal beskyttelse (b); søknad om internasjonalt vern (n)

Narrower Term(s)


1. In most EU Member States this term is understood as a synonym to application for asylum’ following the adoption of  Directive 2011/95/EU (Recast Qualification Directive) and Directive 2013/32/EU (Recast Asylum Procedures Directive) .
2. In everyday use, the terms ‘asylum application’ and ‘application for asylum’ are often used more frequently than ‘application for international protection’.
3. According to Protocol 24 of TFEU on asylum for nationals of Member States of the European Union (1997), EU Member States shall be regarded as constituting safe countries of origin in respect of each other for all legal and practical purposes in relation to asylum matters. Accordingly, any application for asylum made by a national of an EU Member State is normally not taken into consideration.