Reception Conditions Directive (recast)

The recast Reception Conditions Directive (Directive 2013/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection) aims to ensure that there are humane material reception conditions (such as housing) for asylum seekers across the EU and that the fundamental rights of the concerned persons are fully respected. The Directive introduces gender specific reception conditions which are highly relevant to applicants affected by or at risk of FGM, namely: the special needs of all vulnerable female applicants will need to be identified in a timely manner; those subjected to serious acts of violence are to have access to rehabilitation services to obtain the necessary psychological and medical support; and accommodation facilities are to be gender sensitive.

The End FGM Network has developed a Guide on FGM in the EU Asylum Procedures.