As restrictions are eased, asylum applications in the EU+ increase significantly, but remain at half pre-COVID-19 levels

Following the gradual relaxation of emergency measures in EU+ countries,  in June about half as many applications for international protection were lodged compared to the months immediately prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. 

12th August 2020 Read More

EASO publishes a COI report: Afghanistan, Anti-Government Elements (AGEs)

On 10 August 2020, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published a Country of Origin Information (COI) report titled ‘Afghanistan, Anti-Government Elements (AGEs)’

11th August 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

EASO publishes a new COI report on Afghanistan: "Criminal law, customary justice and informal dispute resolution"

The newly released report provides an overview of the pluralistic legal system of codified and uncodified, formal and informal (customary) norms which govern Afghan society.

22nd July 2020 Read More

Stronger together: EU Agencies join forces to respond to COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nine Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies (CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA and Frontex) have been supporting the Member States and EU institutions in meeting the unprecedented challenges resulting from the outbreak of the virus - each agency in its respective area of work, in both the short term and the long term.

15th 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

Out now: EASO's Q2 2020 Newsletter

Take a tour and navigate through our pages in order to read our latest news and developments, as well as to find out how EASO has continued to deliver on its mandate despite the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how we have quickly adapted to a ‘new normal’.

13th 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

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


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