A v Migrationswerket

European Union – Immigration. Article 31(8)(b) of Directive (EU) 2013/32, read in conjunction with art 32(2) of that directive, should be interpreted as not allowing an application for international protection to be regarded as manifestly unfounded in a situation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, in which, first, it was apparent from the information on the applicant's country of origin that acceptable protection could be ensured for him in that country and, second, the applicant had provided insufficient information to justify the grant of international protection, where the member state in which the application had been lodged had not adopted rules implementing the concept of 'safe country of origin'. The Court of Justice of the European Union so held in a preliminary ruling in proceedings concerning the Swedish Immigration Board's decision to reject the applicant's application for the grant of refugee status and leave to remain and ordering his return to his country of origin and prohibiting him from returning to Sweden for four years.

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