Monday, 15 July 2013

Interesting and useful reading

We’ve gathered information on a number of documents that you might want to read.

· The European Commission ‘4th Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2012)’ - COM(2013) 422 final, 17.6.2013 – and the ‘Commission Staff Working Document’ complementing it – SWD(2013) 210 final, 17.06.2013.
As would be expected, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is mentioned a few times along the Report – see section IV.2.1., on “[a] fully functioning” EASO, section IV.2.2. on “Asylum Support to Greece”, section IV.2.3. on “Protection for those fleeing from Syria” and IV.2.4. concerning intra-EU relocation, pp. 11 to 13.
Read also the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) Weekly Bulletin of 21 June highlighting the 10% increase in the number of asylum applications, the number of unaccompanied children seeking protection and the financial support provided to Greece. The Bulletin can be found here.
· ‘Asylum in the EU’ is a Commission’s info-graphics document. Similarly to last year, we would like to underline that there are no real news in this document, but it can reveal itself to be useful, as it provides statistics for 2012 in a reader friendly way.

'Asylum in the EU', p. 3

· The new workshop report of the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), entitled ‘Using Legal Strategies to Enforce Undocumented Migrants’ Human Rights’. 

The report includes several expert insights. In one of them (p. 16) EASO is mentioned.

Sergio Carrera (Centre for European Policy Studies) is the expert of ‘The Accountability Gap’ insight, where he mentions:

For instance, irregular migrants who attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea may encounter a number of national, European and international agencies patrolling the waters. However, this multi-actor framework means it is far from clear who is doing what. Who is controlling? Who is surveying? Is it Frontex(…), is it NATO(…) or EASO(...)?” (our underline).

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