About: EASO

Asylum-seekers in Greece, Italy hotspots face ‘years of limbo’

Asylum-seekers crowded into "hotspots" in Greece and Italy face limbo that can drag on for years because of legal bottlenecks and poorly performing EU schemes, a report said Wednesday (13 November).

Only 16% of asylum seekers in Greece to be sent to Turkey, despite EU deal

Only "16% of asylum seekers" who have arrived in Greece are likely to be sent to Turkey despite a controversial EU deal, the former head of Greece's asylum service said Sunday.

MEP on EU-Turkey deal: Processing of asylum applications is being delayed

More than a year since the EU-Turkey Agreement, a European immigration law is still distant but badly needed. The European distribution mechanism does not work due to the lack of receptiveness of many EU member states, MEP Barbara Lochbihler told EURACTIV Germany.

EASO: Vast majority of migrants arriving in Italy not eligible for relocation

Migration routes have shifted to Italy, and the country is putting pressure on its EU peers to share the burden. But most migrants arriving in Italian ports are ineligible for relocation, as they come from countries with very low recognition rates of asylum claims, EU officials said Wednesday (5 July).

Concerns grow over the security of EU personnel at Greek hotspots

Belgium has repatriated its  hotspots personnel in the Greek islands, out of security concerns. The European Commission said that the security at hotspots is the responsibility of the Greek government.

Alarm over effectiveness of EU-Turkey refugee deal grows in Brussels

Some seven months after the European Union and Turkey struck an agreement to turn back the tide of Syrians fleeing west, very few refugees have been sent back from Greece, and Brussels is losing its patience as overcrowded camps grow violent.
Global Europe 24-10-2016

Refugees attack EU asylum offices on Lesvos

Asylum-seekers attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the island of Lesbos on Monday (24 October), protesting against delays in dealing with asylum claims, Greek and EU authorities said.

Afghan boys behind huge increase in unaccompanied minor migrants to EU

The large number of unaccompanied minors arriving in Europe can be explained by Afghan families sending their children hoping they will get refugee status easier, and then seek reunification with the rest of the family, according to a new report by the EU asylum office.

EASO concerned about the slow registration of asylum seekers in Greece

The European asylum support office EASO expressed concern over the slow registration of asylum seekers in Greece, which is a necessary precondition for the refugees relocation to other member states.
Global Europe 11-07-2016

Graph illustrates results of German messages welcoming refugees

A graph from the 2015 annual report of the EU asylum office EASO illustrates the spike in numbers of applicants for international protection in the summer and autumn of 2015, after German authorities issued messages welcoming migrants.
Global Europe 26-04-2016

Analyst: Most refugees want to work

The majority of refugees do not want to be beggars or dependent on the state, they want to be productive, but right now there are no integration systems in the EU that allow for this, Angeliki Dimitriadi told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Andriy Deshchytsia
Europe's East 21-01-2016

Ukraine rejects Polish ‘million refugees’ claim

Ukraine's ambassador to Poland yesterday (12 January) rejected the Polish prime minister's claim that her country hosts a million Ukrainian refugees, saying they were not refugees and could at most be called "economic migrants".
Europe's East 05-11-2015

No lifting of the visa barrier for Ukrainians, says Juncker

The European Union wants Ukraine to pass a set of judiciary and human rights reforms before granting Ukrainian citizens visa-free access to the 28 countries of the bloc, the head of the EU Commission told Ukraine's President in a letter today (5 November).

All eyes on Germany as refugee exodus continues

Member states are affected in very different ways by the refugee crisis. But all of them worry about what will happen when Germany’s capacity to absorb asylum seekers reaches saturation point. The EURACTIV network reports.

Turkey’s Erdogan calls the shots at EU summit

Faced with a refugee crisis they seem unable to control, EU leaders last night (15 October) tried to accommodate ambitious demands by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, just two weeks before crucial elections in Turkey.

Sicily ‘hotspot’ to be prison-like centre

It will be one of Italy's brand new hotspots for identifying newly-arrived migrants -- but as the Pozzallo reception centre in Sicily prepares its fingerprinting kits, the EU-led plan for these facilities is still plagued with unresolved issues.
Ewa Kopacz

Poland says EU summit on migration likely next week

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said the European summit which is to deal with Europe's migrant crisis is likely to take place earlier than planned.

Member states want to be less attractive to migrants

A flurry of ideas about how countries could reduce their attractiveness to asylum seekers have been voiced in various European countries, providing a preview of the discussion at the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs to be held in Luxembourg tomorrow (4 September).

EU agency reports spike in Ukrainian asylum seekers

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) reports a spike in asylum seekers from Ukraine, which started in March 2014, at the time of the Crimea invasion, and has continued growing. EURACTIV reports from Malta.

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