EU asylum decisions exceed applications for first time since 2017 due to COVID-19

Applications for asylum in the EU+  in 2020 decreased by 31% compared to 2019, down to the lowest levels since 2013, largely as a result of emergency travel restrictions. Despite the pandemic, national asylum authorities showed resilience in sustaining many activities, resulting in a decrease in backlogs of pending applications.

18th February 2021 Read More

Ukraine: EASO publishes report on national healthcare system as it applies to asylum applicants

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has published a new Medical Country of Origin Information (MedCOI) report on Ukraine.

10th February 2021 Read More

EASO publishes updated 'Country Guidance: Iraq'

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has published an update of the ‘Country Guidance: Iraq’. The January 2021 update replaces the first edition of the guidance  of June 2019.

9th February 2021 Read More

Spanish State Secretary for Migration visits EASO following launch of new operation in the country

Last week, EASO carried out a targeted needs assessment mission to the Canary Islands in order to quickly begin implementing effective reception support to the Spanish authorities in the region. 

1st February 2021 Read More

EASO publishes new country guidance note on Afghanistan

EASO has published the second update of the ‘Country Guidance: Afghanistan’ (December 2020), replacing its previous version from June 2019. 

29th January 2021 Read More

Travel restrictions continue to impact the number of asylum applications in the EU+

Analysis released today by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) indicates that in November 2020, applications for international protection in the EU+ continued at roughly two thirds of pre-COVID-19 levels.

28th January 2021 Read More

EASO operations expand to all major EU countries of first arrival

In 2021, EASO’s operational support to national asylum and reception authorities will cover all five Mediterranean EU Member States which receive the most asylum applications, accounting for 50% of the Agency’s budget.

13th January 2021 Read More

Spain: EASO launches new operation to support reception system

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) to support the Spanish authorities in developing and implementing a new model for the reception of asylum seekers in line with EU standards.

18th December 2020 Read More
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Reduced mobility of asylum seekers continues to limit the number of asylum applications, but unaccompanied minors lodged more applications in October

Partial lockdowns, travel bans, and other preventive health measures continue to reduce the mobility of asylum seekers in general and the extent to which they are able to reach the EU+ and lodge asylum applications.

17th December 2020 Read More

EASO publishes a MedCOI report on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Today, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published a Medical Country of Origin Information (MedCOI) Report on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

11th December 2020 Read More

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