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

EASO report on Venezuela to assist EU asylum officials with dramatic increase in applications

The deterioration of the political, security and economic situation in Venezuela has led to the mass emigration of four million people since 2015, including over 100 000 who have sought asylum in the EU+1. Applications by Venezuelan nationals in the EU+ have risen from 105 in 2013 to 45 675 in 2019; an increase of over 43 000%.

3rd September 2020 Read More

Almost 100 vulnerable asylum seekers relocated from Cyprus and Greece

Over the past few days, 99 vulnerable asylum applicants have been relocated to Finland and Germany, as part of the European Union’s ongoing support to frontline Member States.

29th July 2020 Read More

Asylum applications in EU remain limited in May

Despite the slow lifting of containment measures across most EU+ countries, asylum applications remained significantly reduced (-84%) in May compared to pre-COVID levels. At the same time, the number of cases awaiting a decision continue decreasing as national authorities redeploy staff to clear backlogs.

14th July 2020 Read More

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

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 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