This country guidance is currently under review. In view of the recent significant changes, notably the Taliban takeover, assessments within this document may no longer be valid. When examining the international protection needs of applicants from Afghanistan, please consider the most up-to-date country of origin information available.
The 'Country Guidance: Afghanistan' represents Member States' joint assessment of the situation in the country of origin in relation to the applicable international and EU legislation on international protection. The guidance note, accompanied by the common analysis, was agreed by the Country Guidance Network of senior policy officials in December 2020 and was endorsed by the EASO Management Board in January 2021
In addition to this electronic publication, the 'Country Guidance: Afghanistan' (December 2020) is available in pdf format.
This document applies the common legislative framework regarding qualification for international protection in an in-depth analysis of the situation in Afghanistan. It aims to provide assistance to decision-makers and policy-makers in the EU and beyond, by addressing the topics of:
- actors of persecution or serious harm (Article 6 of the Qualification Directive);
- refugee status and analysis of the protection needs of specific profiles of applicants encountered in practice (Article 9 and 10 of the Qualification Directive);
- subsidiary protection, including the risk of death penalty or execution (Article 15(a) of the Qualification Directive); torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 15(b) of the Qualification Directive); and serious and individual threat to a civilian’s life or person by reason of indiscriminate violence in situations of international or internal armed conflict (Article 15(c) of the Qualification Directive);
- actors of protection (Article 7 of the Qualification Directive);
- internal protection alternative (Article 8 of the Qualification Directive); and
- exclusion (Article 12 and Article 17 of the Qualification Directive).
The country guidance represents the common assessment of the situation in the country of origin by senior policy officials from EU Member States, in accordance with current EU legislation and jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
This guidance note does not release Member States from the obligation to individually, objectively and impartially examine each application for international protection. Each decision should be taken on the basis of the individual circumstances of the applicant and the situation in Afghanistan at the moment of the decision, according to precise and up-to-date country information, obtained from various relevant sources (Article 10 of the Asylum Procedures Directive).
The analysis and guidance provided within this document are not exhaustive.
Learn more about the 'Country Guidance: Afghanistan', its basis and scope, and the methodology for its development, in the section Introduction.
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