The 2009 annual report on the activities of EURODAC (the EU wide biometric tool which helps determine which Member State is responsible for examining an asylum claim), was published today by the Commission. The report gives essential information on patterns of asylum seeking and illegal entry in the EU.
Figures show that in 2009, the number of registered asylum applications rose by 8%, which means that the increasing trend of the previous two years continued. At the same time, the number of registered irregular entrants changed dramatically in 2009. After a rise of 62.3% between 2007 and 2008 (to 61.945), the number of transactions fell by 50% in 2009 (to 31.071). 23.3% of the asylum applications in 2009 were multiple (i.e. second or more) asylum applications. However, this figure includes not only the instances in which persons applied for asylum more than once, but also a number of instances in which the fingerprints of an asylum seeker are recorded both by the Member State in which he applied for asylum and in the Member State ultimately deemed responsible for consideration of the asylum claim. The Commission proposed to remedy this distortion in its proposal to amend the EURODAC Regulation, adopted in December 2008.