The Dublin III Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 604/2013) establishes a system for determining and identifying the Member State in Europe responsible for the examination of an individual’s asylum application. It sets out a hierarchy of criteria for determining the responsible Member State including factors such as the presence of family members in particular States, the issuing of visas and residence documents and the travel route of a person into Europe.
Further information on the Dublin III Regulation in Ireland is available at this link.
For more information on the impact of the Dublin III Regulation see the Dublin Transnational Network Project ‘Dublin II Regulation: Lives on Hold ‘ report available here.