Ukrainians lodged 72% more applications for asylum in February

Ukrainians lodged considerably more asylum applications in the EU+ in February 2021, compared to January, making them one of the top ten nationalities of applicants. This is in stark contrast with several other main nationalities, who are still lodging far fewer asylum applications in the EU+ compared to pre-COVID-19 levels.

20th April 2021 Read More

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 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

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

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