Losing subsidiary protection because of “serious crime”

In C-369/17 Ahmed, the Court of Justice of the European Union has held that member states must take account of all the circumstances of the crime committed by an individual before deciding that it is a “serious crime” which justifies excluding that person from subsidiary protection. What is subsidiary protection anyway? The subsidiary protection regime is an EU initiative which prevents removal of people who, although they do not meet the requirements of the Refugee Convention, would face the death penalty, torture or a threat to their life because of the level of indiscriminate violence in their country of origin. Someone can be excluded from subsidiary protection if they have…

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