Asylum Procedures Directive (recast)
The recast Asylum Procedures Directive (Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection) aims to achieve fairer, quicker and better quality asylum decisions. Under this directive, asylum seekers with particular needs must receive the necessary support to explain their claim. The recast Directive puts greater emphasis on incorporating gender considerations into asylum procedures. The Directive contains provisions relevant to FGM-based asylum claims on issues such as a more gender-sensitive and child-friendly approach to the personal interviews, proper training of officials coming into contact with applicants, and special procedural guarantees for applicants with special needs such as victims of sexual violence.
The End FGM Network has developed a Guide on FGM in the EU Asylum Procedures.