EASO begins strengthening support for EU reception authorities

On 18 March 2021, the Management Board of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) adopted the EASO Strategy on Reception. The document responds to the growing demand from EU+ countries for EASO’s operational and technical support on the reception of asylum seekers. 

30th March 2021 Read More

EASO and Greece increase joint training activities for asylum officials

Increased deployment of EASO personnel in Greece matched by new training plan aimed at supporting the Greek authorities in sustaining long-term quality and efficiency in the national asylum system. 

26th March 2021 Read More

EASO Management Board elects new Chairperson 

At the 38th European Asylum Support Office’s (EASO) Management Board meeting, held on 18 March 2021, the new Chairperson, Mr. Mikael Ribbenvik, who is the Member of the Board from Sweden, was elected following the retirement of Dr. David Costello, who was the Chairperson of the Board since February 2019. Following his election, Mr. Ribbenvik took up his responsibilities with immediate effect. 

23rd March 2021 Read More

Repeated applications account for one in four asylum applications in the EU+ in January

Of the 40 000 applications for asylum lodged in the EU+ in January 2021, almost one quarter were repeated applications. Iraq and Nigeria replaced Venezuela and Colombia among the top five origin countries of applicants. 

22nd March 2021 Read More

EASO support to Spain becomes fully operational

Personnel deployed by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) have begun work to provide enhanced capacity to the reception services in the Canary Islands.

10th March 2021 Read More

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


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