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

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 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

Belarusian asylum applications increase in September, yet remain at low levels

During the first nine months of 2020, applications for asylum in the EU+  by all nationalities dropped by 35 % compared to the same period in 2019. In September applications crept up by 7 % over August, but national asylum authorities continued to issue more decisions despite the challenges. 

26th November 2020 Read More

EASO more than doubles operational productivity in 2020

Despite challenges posed by COVID-19 in 2020, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has dramatically upscaled its operational presence and increased support to Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta, in some cases by between twice and three times 2019 levels.

19th November 2020 Read More

Asylum applications remain 31% lower than in 2019

Despite a gradual increase in asylum applications since the initial easing of travel restrictions, August saw just over 40 000 registered, almost 40% fewer than in January.

14th October 2020 Read More

EASO welcomes German Presidency approach to prioritise EU Agency for Asylum

In 2020, the Agency has registered 40% of all applications in Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Malta, ranking it 5th if it were an EU Member State.

8th October 2020 Read More

Lesvos: Asylum interviews to resume

Approximately 160 EASO personnel assisting in ensuring that asylum procedures are not disrupted. Agency also supporting establishment of emergency reception facility.

15th September 2020 Read More

Fire in Moria, Lesvos

Fire in Moria, LesvosThe European Asylum Support Office (EASO) confirms that several of its facilities at the Moria camp in Lesvos were dest

9th September 2020 Read More