Eurodac is the central fingerprint database of the European Union for asylum matters. It has been operating since 15 January 2003 and was set up in order to register asylum applicants and thus apply the Dublin Regulation effectively.

All asylum applicants who are at least 14 years old and are not citizens of a Dublin State are registered in Eurodac. Also persons who are caught illegally crossing the borders of the Dub-lin Area and are not rejected are filed in Eurodac. Moreover, in Eurodac it is possible to check persons who are illegally present in a Dublin Member State.

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