EU consolidates recovery from 2015-2016 migration crisis - Significant decrease in applications in 2017 has stabilised in early 2018
On 18 June 2018, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) released its 2017 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union. In 2017, there were 728,470 applications for international protection in the EU. This figure represents a decrease of 44% compared to 2016, when there were almost 1.3 million applications, while provisional data for early 2018 (January - April) shows that application levels have stabilised at an average of less than 50,000 per month. Read more...
EASO publishes first country guidance
The ‘Country Guidance: Afghanistan’ is the result of a pilot development, aimed at fostering convergence in Member States’ decision practices. Read more...
Important meetings held at EASO
Professional Development Workshop on Article 15c) of the Qualification Directive (recast), Malta
On 7-8 June 2018, the EASO Courts and Tribunals Sector held a professional development workshop on Article 15c) of the Qualification Directive (recast) which sets the provisions related to persons in need of subsidiary protection in a context of armed conflict and who are otherwise not entitled to protection under the Refugee Convention.Read more...
First meeting of the working group for the development of an EASO Guidance on Membership of a Particular Social Group
The kick-off meeting of the working group for the development of the guidance on MPSG was held at EASO’s premises, in Malta, between 29-31 May 2018.Read more...
Meetings held outside EASO
Informal meeting of EASO Consultative Forum, Brussels, 18 June 2018
On 18 June the Consultative Forum convened an informal side-meeting in Brussels linked to the launch of the 2017 EASO Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the EU. Read more...
EASO Dublin Network Steering Group Meeting – 8 June (Brussels)
The 4th Steering Group meeting of the EASO Network of Dublin Units took place on 8 June 2018 in Brussels. The meeting was an opportunity for 35 experts from 23 EU+ States as well as representatives from the European Commission and UNHCR to be updated on recent developments within the Network and to exchange views on current challenges and good practices in relation to Dublin procedures. Read more...
Stories from the hotspots
Operational training for EASO team leaders in Greece
On 13-14 June 2018, the EASO team leaders working on the border asylum procedure in the Greek hotspots came together in Athens once more for a tailor-made operational training on subjects with specific relevance. Read more...
Territorial Commission in Florence
In 2018, as mandated by measure IT 3 of the Operating Plan for Italy, EASO has selected and trained more than sixty caseworkers who are now assigned to thirty Territorial Commissions in order to support Italian authorities in dealing with different tasks, such as enhancing the pre and post-interview capacity, files preparation and COI queries. Read more...
EU Parliament TERR Committee visit in the EURTF Catania
Chaired by MEP Nathalie Griesbeck, the European Parliament Special Committee on Terrorism (TERR) visited the EURTF premises in Catania on 7 June. Read more...
Training on Reception of Unaccompanied minors in Trapani
After Como, Parma and Lucca, on the 21 and 22 June, EASO organised the fourth training of 2018 on “Reception of unaccompanied minors” in Trapani, one of the most important cities of Sicily. Read more...
EASO Training and Workshops
EASO Annual Training Report 2017
Last month, EASO published its Annual Training Report for 2017, providing access to a large amount of data and statistics related to the professional training the Agency delivers to different groups of asylum practitioners. Read more...
Two train-the-trainer sessions in Athens: Interviewing Vulnerable Persons (IVP) and Reception
EASO has organised its train-the-trainer sessions in Athens in June, focusing on two important EASO Training Curriculum modules: Interviewing Vulnerable Persons (IVP) and Reception. Read more...
Workshop on prevention, sanctions, reduction and withdrawal of reception conditions held in Warsaw on 6-7 June 2018
This 4th workshop co-organised together by EASO and EPRA (European Platform of Reception Agencies), took place in Warsaw under the auspices of the Office for Foreigners of the Ministry of Interior. Read more...
Justice and Home Affairs agencies working together to strengthen Member States’ capacities in migration management
On 12 June 2018, EASO participated in CEPOL’s training on ‘Facilitated illegal immigration - Western Balkans focus’, held within its Budapest HQ. Read more...
New Practical Guide on qualification for international protection
A new practical guide for the examination of the application for international protection was published recently: EASO practical guide: Qualification for international protection. Read more...
Working group on Reception conditions for unaccompanied children: standards and indicators
On 25-27 of June 2018, the EASO working group on Reception conditions for unaccompanied children gathered in Malta to discuss the input and comments of the EU+ States on the final draft of the upcoming guidance. Read more...
Pilot session of the Resettlement training module
On 13 June 2018, the pilot Face-to-Face session of the first part of the EASO Training module on Resettlement took place in Stockholm. Read more...