Third country nationals and stateless persons may be entitled to subsidiary protection if they cannot be protected either through recognition of refugee status or through the right to asylum. Such individuals are recognised as being entitled to subsidiary protection if they have submitted plausible reasons to presume that they are at risk of serious injury in their country of origin.
Serious injury is considered to be:
- the imposition or enforcement of the death penalty,
- torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, or
- a substantial concrete danger to the life and limb of a civilian within an international or domestic armed conflict.