Glossary:Application for international protection

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An application for international protection refers to an application for asylum as defined in Art. 2(g) of European Union (EU) Directive 2004/83/EC, i.e. including requests for refugee status or for subsidiary protection status, irrespective of whether the application was lodged on arrival at the border, or from inside the country, and irrespective of whether the person entered the territory legally (e.g. as a tourist) or illegally.

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