Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA): asylum procedures should be harmonised and improved - EU Ministerial Conference on Asylum on 13-14 September, Brussels Substantial differences exist between the asylum procedures in the 27 EU Member States, creating an uneven playing field. For the first time, EU research provides evidence about asylum-seekers' own experiences across the EU. The findings of the research will inform discussions at the ministerial conference on asylum.
FRA Director Morten Kjaerum: "There is a need to improve and further harmonise the asylum procedures in the EU. A fair asylum procedure is one where applicants know their rights and duties. This is often not the case across the EU. The Fundamental Rights Agency's research findings underpin the need for the European Commission's proposals to amend and improve existing EU legislation relating to asylum procedures. Better implementation of existing legislation is also imperative."
In order to ensure fair and effective asylum procedures throughout the EU:
The Fundamental Rights Agency interviewed almost 900 asylum seekers in all 27 EU Member States about their experiences of the asylum procedure.
The Fundamental Rights Agency has today published two reports relating to asylum procedures in the EU Member States:
The reports, as well as background information on asylum statistics and legal issues for each Member State, are available at http://www.fra.europa.eu/
For further information please contact the FRA media team:
Tel.: +43 1 58 030 - 642
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Figure: Number of foreign languages into which leaflets about the asylum procedures have been translated, by country
Note: Please note that the information has been updated since September 2010.