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Reception conditions of asylum seekers

The updated Reception Conditions Directive (2013/33/EU) sets out common minimum standards for the reception of applicants for international protection across Member States.

It provides a legal obligation for Member States to ensure that material reception conditions are available to applicants when they apply for international protection.

These include access to housing, food, health care and employment, as well as medical and psychological care. It also restricts the detention of vulnerable persons, in particular minors.

Member States had to transpose the Directive and communicate the national transposition measures taken by 20 July 2015.

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