EU asylum systems

29 Jun: EASO Asylum Report 2021: COVID-19 exposes strengths and weaknesses of EU asylum systems


Despite the pandemic, the EASO Asylum Report 2021 highlights the resilience of many EU+  countries’ asylum systems in using innovative solutions for business continuity. Resources were allocated to adapt working methods, implement digital solutions and reduce pending cases. However, shortcomings were also exposed, notably in terms of reception conditions, low returns to countries of origin, resettlement and reduced Dublin transfers.

For the first time since 2017, more decisions on first instance asylum applications were issued in 2020 than new applications received (534,500 decisions in total). This resulted in the stock of applications awaiting a decision being reduced by 18% …