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July/August 2015

  • For Europe, 2014 was an apocalyptic one for refugees and for the EU’s  asylum  “solidarity”, but how much worse will 2015 be?

    For Europe, 2014 was an apocalyptic one for refugees and for the EU’s asylum “solidarity”, but how much worse will 2015 be?

    By KATE SKOW BRUSSELS – The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) released its annual report on the EU’s asylum situation for 2014. It offers a mostly depressing scenario in terms of human misery, with a few glimmers of institutional and technical progress on the part of EASO, though the latter is hardly anything to rejoice when considering the immigrant calamity now facing the EU. According to Robert Visser, EASO’s executive director, 2014 “was a record year” with more than 660,000 applications for international protection in the EU, Norway and Switzerland. Visser made his comments during a briefing here on 8 July to unveil EASO’s report and speculate about the trends ahead. Despite 2014’s huge numbers of the past year, the current year is looking even worse. There is already a... Read More »
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