Asylum applications by Afghans approaching those by Syrians

While Syrians were still the largest group of asylum applicants in EU+ countries in July, the gap to Afghans continued shrinking. As these and other main nationalities lodged substantially more applications compared to previous months, total applications were at the highest level since the outbreak of COVID-19 and approached pre-pandemic levels. 

16th September 2021 Read More

Afghanistan: EASO updates report on security situation

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has published an updated Country of Origin Information (COI)  Report on the security situation Afghanistan. As with all EASO COI Reports, the publication offers an objective resource for use by EU Member State asylum officials when reviewing individual applications for international protection – in this case by Afghan nationals. It also offers the basis for the development of Country Guidance Notes aimed at harmonising asylum decision practices across the EU. 

9th September 2021 Read More

Broad increase in applications for asylum, including by Afghans

EU+ countries received substantially more asylum applications in June. A broad range of nationalities lodged more applications than in May, often approaching or exceeding pre-COVID-19 levels. In the case of Afghans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, the increases continued a rising trend from previous months. 

19th August 2021 Read More

Many arrivals from the Maghreb but few asylum applications

Nationals of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria have lodged surprisingly few asylum applications over the past year, based on the number of illegal border-crossings that were detected for these nationalities. In contrast, applications by West Africans were again high in May. 

22nd July 2021 Read More

Lithuania to receive immediate operational support from EASO

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) could deploy up to 50 personnel, both in-country and via remote working, in support of the Lithuanian asylum authorities by the end of the year.

15th July 2021 Read More

EASO publishes a COI report: Syria – Security situation

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published a Country of Origin Information (COI) report titled "Syria: Security situation". 

14th July 2021 Read More

EASO publishes a COI report: Somalia Actors

Today, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published a Country of Origin Information (COI) report titled - Somalia: Actors (2021)

2nd July 2021 Read More

EASO welcomes agreement establishing EU Agency for Asylum

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) welcomes today’s political agreement reached by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, together with the European Commission, on a new enhanced mandate that will re-establish the Agency as the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA).

29th June 2021 Read More

EASO Asylum Report 2021: COVID-19 exposes strengths and weaknesses of EU asylum systems

Despite the pandemic, the EASO Asylum Report 2021 highlights the resilience of many EU+  countries’ asylum systems in using innovative solutions for business continuity. Resources were allocated to adapt working methods, implement digital solutions and reduce pending cases. However, shortcomings were also exposed, notably in terms of reception conditions, low returns to countries of origin, resettlement and reduced Dublin transfers.

29th June 2021 Read More

EASO publishes a COI report: Afghanistan - Security situation

The newly released report provides information on the security situation in Afghanistan, which is relevant for the assessment of international protection status determination, including refugee status and subsidiary protection. 

25th June 2021 Read More


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