Monday, 22 April 2013

Various recommendations to EASO...

We found two reports offering advice to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog (25 February and 29 March posts).

One of the reports, entitled ‘Dublin II Regulation – Lives on Hold’ (February 2013) is a ‘European Comparative Report’ on the application of the Dublin Regulation by some States (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands). 


This report was coordinated by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and was written in the framework of the Dublin Transnational Network project (whose partners were ECRE, Forum Réfugiés – Cosi and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee).

“Over 15 years have passed since the first Dublin Convention entered into force and yet inconsistencies and problems remain in the operation of this system” – (p. 5, Executive Summary).

Relying on National Reports synthesised in the report, the document aims at contributing to “a better understanding of the Dublin system and its impact on the fundamental rights of those subject to it” (p. 5, Executive Summary). It then makes recommendations to policy makers and practitioners, along this line of thought. 

Recommendations made to EASO concern the “establishment of a mechanism for early warning, preparedness and crisis management” as well as the implementation of the European Asylum Curriculum."

The full report and National Reports available on the Dublin Transnational Network project page.

The second report, ‘Fundamental Rights at Europe’s Southern Sea Borders’ (2013) – also makes some recommendations to EASO. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) addresses the rights, reception practices and challenges with respect to the rights of people risking their lives to reach, by sea, European Union territory. In doing so, FRA simultaneously offers advice to practitioners and policy makers. These recommendations can be found right at the beginning of the report, in the “Executive summary and FRA opinions”, from pages 9 to 17.


The suggestions directed at EASO are as follows: 

  • It “should make use of its mandate to cooperate with third countries with a view to supporting their asylum and reception systems as well as to implement actions aimed at finding durable solutions for refugees” 
  • “In line with the Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors, EASO is encouraged to publish practical guidance for EU Member States on how to carry out age assessments in full respect of fundamental rights and include this in its training activities” 
  • “If present in the operational area, EASO should provide training and guidance to debriefing officers to enable them to recognise asylum requests and to refer these to the appropriate authority” 

Noteworthy in this report is also the reference and encouragement to the cooperation between EASO and Frontex (see pages 17, 112 and 117).  On this, see our earlier post.

Well done to everyone involved in researching and drafting these two excellent reports!


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