New procedure for stateless Palestinians
The Immigration Service will reassess the applications for asylum submitted by a significant number of stateless Palestinians from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
On 29 August 2018, the Refugee Appeals Board’s Co-ordination Committee adopted a change of procedure for applications for asylum from stateless Palestinians from the UNRWA area of operation in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
The change means that stateless Palestinians living in the UNRWA area of operation who have received UNRWA assistance or have been registered by UNRWA, and who have fled the UNRWA area or been prevented from returning, will now generally be covered by the UN Refugee Convention.
As a result of this change, the Refugee Appeals Board has ordered that some 160 applications for asylum be reopened and reassessed by the Immigration Service.
In addition, the Immigration Service will reopen similar applications for asylum from stateless Palestinians from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank who have been granted protected status or temporary protected status, or who remain in Denmark, despite being denied asylum. Also in these cases, the Immigration Service will assess whether the change of procedure should result in these individuals being granted convention status.
In January 2019, the Immigration Service will send a letter to all those individuals whose applications for asylum are to be reopened. Stateless Palestinians who have not received a letter by 15 February 2019, and who believe they are entitled to have their refugee status reassessed should contact the Immigration Service to request that their application be reopened.