EU receives one-third of global asylum applications in 2019

In 2019, applications for asylum in EU+ countries rose by 11% to 738 425, followed by a 16% increase recorded in the first two months of 2020. While the COVID-19 emergency has led to a recent 87% drop in applications, EASO expects the overall increasing trend to resume.

25th June 2020 Read More

EASO holds virtual Management Board meeting

On 18 June 2020, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) held its first Management Board meeting of 2020 via video conference. The 35th meeting of the Agency’s governing body, which was initially scheduled for March, was rescheduled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

19th June 2020 Read More

Record low number of asylum applications lodged in EU

Only 8,730 asylum applications were registered in the EU+ in April, the lowest since at least 2008, and a massive 87% decrease from pre-COVID-19 levels in January and February.

11th June 2020 Read More

COVID-19 could lead to more resilient EU asylum procedures

Initially limited by the emergency measures, national asylum authorities largely made strong efforts to resume services wherever possible, often within weeks. At the same time, Member States should be prepared for a possible ‘second wave’, while lessons learnt may contribute to more effective asylum procedures in the longer term.

2nd June 2020 Read More

EASO publishes a COI report on the situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Today, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published the Country of Origin Information (COI) report "Pakistan - Situation of Afghan refugees”. The report provides relevant information on the situation of registered and unregistered Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

29th May 2020 Read More

EASO resuming full operational activities in Member States

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is gradually and safely resuming elements of its operations in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta which were suspended due to COVID-19.

27th May 2020 Read More

COVID-19: Recommendation for remote interviews for asylum applicants

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has issued new recommendations providing practical guidance on the conduct of remote interviews for international protection. The recommendations follow guidance issued by the European Commission to EU Member States, including with input from EASO, on implementing the EU’s rules on asylum within the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. These include the flexibility for interviews to be “conducted with specific arrangements, such as remotely”.

15th May 2020 Read More

EASO facilitating relocation of Unaccompanied Minors from Greece

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) will immediately begin supporting the relocation of 1,600 Unaccompanied Minors (UAMs) from Greece to EU+ Member States.

13th May 2020 Read More

EASO cautions that COVID-19 could result in increased asylum-related migration

A new European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Special Report highlights that the risk of COVID-19 taking hold in lower income countries, as well as leading to more insecurity, could result in increases in asylum applications in the medium term.

12th May 2020 Read More

EASO publishes the COI report "Syria - Security situation"

Today, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published the 2020 update to the Country of Origin Information (COI) report "Syria - Security situation". This report is part of a series of Syria reports produced in 2019-2020. These reports cover actors of protection, internal mobility, key socio-economic indicators, and targeting of individuals. The reports provide information relevant for international protection status determination for Syrian applicants for international protection, and will be used in the development of a country guidance note on Syria.

5th May 2020 Read More

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