German authorities are allowed to grant Syrian refugees a version of protection which falls short of full asylum, the Higher Administrative Court in the northern German region of Schleswig ruled on Wednesday.
The decision is the first time an administrative court has confirmed the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) practice of granting so-called “subsidiary protection” to asylum seekers who primarily come from Syria.
Wednesday’s decision also goes against rulings made by several lower administrative courts.
One of the points of contention in the case had been whether or not refugees face political persecution, arrest or torture upon returning to Syria. Should one of those factors be proven, the applicant has a right to full asylum.
“There is no evidence” to support claims that the Syrian government suspects those who have fled the country of belonging to the opposition, presiding Judge Uta Strzyz said.
Proof of persecution
The case in Schleswig concerned a BAMF appeal on …