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Migration and Home Affairs


Objective criteria applied hierarchically in order to determine the (EU) Member State responsible for the examination of an application for international protection on the basis of the situation obtaining when a third-country national or stateless person first lodged the application within an (EU) Member State, as laid down in chapter III of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 (Dublin III Regulation). 


  1. Derived by EMN from Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 (Dublin III Regulation) and
  2. the entry of 'Dublin criteria' in the IATE terminology database


  • BG: критерии по Регламента „Дъблин“
  • CS: Dublinská kritéria
  • DE: Dublin-Kriterien
  • EL: Κριτήρια του Κανονισμού Δουβλίνου
  • EN: Dublin criteria
  • ES: n/a
  • ET: Dublini kriteeriumid
  • FI: Dublin-perusteet
  • FR: critères de Dublin
  • GA: critéir Bhaile Átha Cliath
  • HU: n/a
  • IT: Criteri di determinazione dello Stato competente ai sensi del Regolamento Dublino
  • LT: Dublino reglamento kriterijai
  • LV: Dublinas kritēriji
  • MT: n/a
  • NL: Dublin criteria
  • PL: n/a
  • PT: critérios de Dublin
  • RO: n/a
  • SK: dublinské kritériá
  • SL: dublinska merila
  • SV: Dublinkriterier
  • NO: n/a


  • Dublin responsibility criteria
  • responsibility criteria in the context of the Dublin Regulation

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1. The criteria for establishing responsibility are, in hierarchical order:

Pursuant to Art. 7 of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 (Dublin III Regulation) the criteria must be applied in order in which they are set out in the chapter. This means that a higher article number (e.g. Article 9) cannot be applied if a lower article number is already applicable (e.g. Article 8).

2. The evaluation of the Dublin III Regulation showed however, that despite family unity criteria being at the top of the hierarchy, the criteria most often used in practice are those related to documentation and first country of entry (Art. 12 and 13 of Dublin III Regulation). For more information see: Evaluation of the Dublin III Regulation, final report, 18 March 2016.