Chapter 20 Disability in EU asylum law
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Asylum seekers and refugees with disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups of all displaced population, yet they are also the least visible. They face multiple challenges and obstacles in order to safely reach Europe and claim asylum. This chapter argues that Article 11 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) concerning situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies imposes a legal obligation on the European Union (EU) to accommodate the rights of asylum seekers and refugees with disabilities. Therefore, the extent to which the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) takes into account the special needs of asylum seekers and refugees with disabilities will be analyzed. Additionally, the first set of the Commission’s proposals to reform the CEAS is reviewed in order to assess how disability is addressed. Finally, this chapter examines whether EU asylum law is in compliance with the provisions of the CRPD.

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