EASO Newsletter November 2017

 

People’s blessings make your day
It is Monday morning and the EASO office at the premises of the Greek Asylum Service in Athens - Alimos, is busy. Staff members are going back and forth addressing queries and sharing information, while others are speaking on the phone in various languages. Read more... 

EASO Management Board meets to prepare activities for 2018
On 27 and 28 November 2017, the 26th meeting of the Management Board of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) took place in Valletta, Malta and approved the Agency’s Work Programme for the upcoming year.Read more... 

EASO Consultative Forum in Brussels
On 17 November 2017, EASO held its seventh annual Consultative Forum Plenary Meeting in Brussels. Read more... 

Hosting arrangement between Italy and EASO on the establishment of an operational office in Rome
A hosting arrangement between Italy and EASO on the establishment of an operational office in Rome was signed on 22 November 2017 at the premises of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.  Read more...

Important meetings held at EASO

EASO Workshop on Resettlement: an occasion to discuss further cooperation at European level
On 19 and 20 October, delegates from sixteen Member States and associated countries gathered at the EASO premises, in Malta, to discuss the most relevant developments in the area of resettlement with EASO, UNHCR, IOM and representatives of the EU-FRANK project. Read more... 

Meetings held outside EASO

EASO Executive Director discusses the situation of asylum in the EU trends with European Parliament Committee
On 21 November 2017, EASO’s Executive Director, José Carreira, presented the EASO 2016 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union during the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs meeting in Brussels. Read more...

Conference on Country of Origin Information (COI) Publications organised in Brussels
On 15 and 16 November 2017, EASO organised a conference in Brussels on COI Publications for EU+ countries’ COI experts, selected civil society organisations with experience in the production of COI, and the UNHCR. Read more...

Stories from the hotspots

Story of a Relocation cases from Villa Sikania, Italy
The Emergency Relocation Programme was launched in 2015 by the European Union as a mechanism conceived to lighten the pressure on the reception systems of border countries in light of the high numbers of arrivals at the time. Read more... 

1-year-anniversary of EASO Rome Office
EASO’s Rome staff gathered on 7 November to celebrate the 1-year-anniversary of the Operational Office, and took the opportunity to recall the improvements and successes accomplished so far in Italy. Read more... 

Second training for volunteer guardians for unaccompanied minors held in Cagliari
More than 50 participants attended a training session for volunteer Guardians for unaccompanied minors, held in Cagliari between the 10th and the 13rd of November, and organised by the Italian Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents with the support of EASO. Read more... 

Latest Asylum Trends

October 2017 
In October, there were 61 634 applications for international protection in the EU+
countries. This figure is comparable to that of September when there were only some 1 500 more applicants. It is however significantly lower than a year ago in October 2016, when there were approximately 22 000 more applicants across the EU+ Read more....

External Dimension

 

EASO organises a Workshop on CEAS and APD for Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
As planned in the national Roadmaps to establish asylum systems in line with EU, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and in Serbia, a workshop on the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) / Asylum Procedures Directive (APD) was held on 27 October in Belgrade, Serbia. Read more... 

EASO organises meeting with Serbia to agree on Roadmap to align asylum system with EU standards
The meeting took place on the 9 November 2017 in the Ministry of Interior of Serbia in Belgrade and focused on the draft National Roadmap to support the establishment of an asylum system in line with EU standards.  Read more... 

EASO hosts three regional events in Malta with authorities from the Western Balkans (13-15 November)
On 13 November, EASO supported authorities from all six Western Balkan states in discussing the possible establishment of (a) regional practitioners’ network(s).  Read more... 

EASO carries out two national training sessions on Inclusion
EASO carried out two national rollouts of the EASO training module on ‘Inclusion’, the first one for Montenegro, held on 11-12 October in Belgrade and the second one for Albania, held on the 21-22 November in Tirana, to complement the IPA II Project. Read more... 

EASO supports the implementation of on-the-job coaching on Country of Origin Information in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia
The coaching took place on 20-24 November 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia, and on 27 November - 1 December in Skopje, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.  Read more... 

EASO attends round of National Steering Committee meetings for the Regional IPA II Project on ‘Regional Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management'
Following annual National Steering Committee (NSC) meetings that took place in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 18 September and in Serbia on 22 September, meetings in another three Western Balkan countries took place throughout the month of October 2017.  Read more... 

Operational training on the ‘Access to the Asylum Procedure’ to Libyan Coast Guard and Navy Officers EUNAVFOR MED
In the framework of the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia, on October 27th in the Scuola Sottufficiale Marina Militare in Taranto, trainers from the EASO Training Unit delivered a training session on ‘Access to the Asylum Procedure’ to Libyan Coast Guard and Navy Officers.  Read more... 

EASO Training and Workshops

EASO operational training on “Interpreting in the asylum context”, Bulgaria (15-17 November 2017)
EASO delivered two one-day operational training sessions in Bulgaria (respectively Sofia on 15 November, and Haskovo on 16-17 November) for interpreters working for the Bulgarian national asylum authority. Read more... 

Operational training on reception in Cyprus
How to identify persons with special needs among asylum seekers? How to communicate effectively with arrivals from various cultures? Read more...

Operational training on border procedures in Greece
Thirty-six participants attended the operational training for EASO deployed experts that took place in Athens, Greece, between 22-24 November. Read more...

Training of EASO interim case workers in Greece
An extensive training for 15 newly hired EASO interim caseworkers took place in Greece last month. Read more...

Train-the-Trainer session on the Module for Managers
As part of the EASO Training Plan for 2017, in November EASO organised Train-the-Trainer sessions on the Agency’s Module for Managers. Read more...

EASO Training Unit - DGMM Workshop on Inclusion and Evidence Modules; Valletta, 21, 22 and 23 November 2017
Following Pilot Roadmap activities earlier this year with the Turkish Directorate-General of Migration Management (DGMM), the EASO Training Unit collaborated for the second time with Turkish migration experts in the EASO Inclusion and Evidence Modules for DGMM during a three-day workshop, held on 21, 22 and 23 November 2017. Read more...

Joint meeting of the EASO Exclusion Network and the COI Specialist Network on Afghanistan, 22-24 November 2017
Human rights abuses on the side of anti-government actors and on the side of state actors, relations between different ethnicities and the state of situation with cases of asylum applicants from Afghanistan were the main topics of a joint meeting of the EASO Exclusion Network and the COI (Country of Origin Information) Specialist Network on Afghanistan. Read more... 

Vacancies

 

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EASO/2017/TA/036: ICT Assistant - AST 4
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EASO/2017/TA/035: Asylum Support Officer – Dublin – AD 5
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EASO/2017/TA/031: Head of Payroll and Entitlements Sector - AD8

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