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Qualification Directive
Article 8

Article 8 — Internal protection

  1. As part of the assessment of the application for international protection, Member States may determine that an applicant is not in need of international protection if in a part of the country of origin, he or she:
    1. has no well-founded fear of being persecuted or is not at real risk of suffering serious harm; or
    2. has access to protection against persecution or serious harm as defined in Article 7;

    and he or she can safely and legally travel to and gain admittance to that part of the country and can reasonably be expected to settle there.

  2. In examining whether an applicant has a well-founded fear of being persecuted or is at real risk of suffering serious harm, or has access to protection against persecution or serious harm in a part of the country of origin in accordance with paragraph 1, Member States shall at the time of taking the decision on the application have regard to the general circumstances prevailing in that part of the country and to the personal circumstances of the applicant in accordance with Article 4. To that end, Member States shall ensure that precise and up-to-date information is obtained from relevant sources, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the European Asylum Support Office.