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News article19 January 2022Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs

The European Union Agency for Asylum replaces the European Asylum Support Office

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Today, the new European Union Agency for Asylum starts work with its reinforced mandate, building on the achievements of its predecessor, the European Asylum Support Office. The new agency is a key deliverable under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It will help ensure that asylum decisions are taken in a fast and fair manner and that reception standards converge across the EU, bringing more uniformity in decision-making and alignment between Member States’ asylum systems.

Building on the experience of the European Asylum Support Office, the new agency will have a reinforced mandate that will contribute to:

  • More efficient asylum systems
  • Improved assistance through a reserve of 500 experts
  • Uniform, high-quality decision-making by developing operational standards, guidelines and best practices for the implementation of Union law on asylum
  •  Greater convergence in the recognition rates by developing country guidance on countries of origin
  • Better monitoring and reporting on Member States’ asylum and reception systems
  • Capacity building in non-EU countries to improve asylum and reception systems and support EU and Member State resettlement schemes
  • An independent Fundamental Rights Officer and a new complaints mechanism will ensure the safeguard of asylum applicants’ rights.

 

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Publication date
19 January 2022
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Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs