Asylum

How many Ukrainian refugees are there in the European Union – and where? 

Tuesday 26 April 2022 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

Since the beginning of the war, many Ukrainians – but also Russians – have been seeking refuge in the countries of the European Union. Where are they going, and which are the countries that already hosted the largest Ukrainian communities?


lowsection of Ukrainian immigrants with luggage

Is the EU's asylum system ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees? 

Monday 04 April 2022 | Eva Belmonte
Ángela Bernardo
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Carmen Torrecillas
David Cabo
| Civio

Ukrainian refugees now enter the EU under the aegis of the ultra-fast special protection system, but regular reception centres across the Union are piling up hundreds of thousands of applications and rejecting many. EU members states' asylum systems average more than 15 months of delay. 


Pandemic has prevented many migrants from reaching Europe 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

The various COVID-19 related lockdowns and closures of the EU’s borders have reduced mobility, particularly of migrants. First-time asylum applications fell by 37 percent between 2019 and November 2020.


When Europeans seek asylum  in depth

Wednesday 22 August 2018 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

Every year, almost 100,000 Europeans seek asylum in EU countries, and the number of applications continues to grow. Yet this is a phenomenon which remains at the margins of the debate on asylum – and that on EU enlargement.


How the Greek policy on migration is changing 

Friday 27 December 2019 | Eleni Stamatoukou
| OBC Transeuropa

Greece has a new center-right government since summer 2019. Its approach to migration differs sharply from its predecessor’s, as more controls and constraints are imposed on asylum seekers. The government claims that the system will become more efficient, but some organisations are unconvinced. 


Are migrants trying to get to Europe en masse?

Saturday 09 November 2019 | Xavier Molénat
Céline Mouzon
| Alternatives Economiques

Compared to 2015, the number of asylum applicants in EU countries dropped by half in 2018. Europe is far from being the first refuge for forcibly displaced persons: 80% of them are hosted in countries of the Global South.


Immigration: Every man for himself, and borders for all 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Yann Mens
| Alternatives Economiques

Europe facing the refugee crisis. 


The problem with refugee camps in Greece  in depth

Friday 27 December 2019 | Eleni Stamatoukou
| OBC Transeuropa

While it may seem that the refugee-migration crisis is over, more than 100,000 migrants and refugees are still present in Greece. Many of them live in refugee camps, which are not appropriate accommodation solutions because of their location in faraway, poorly connected areas. 


Mediterranean refugees: death risk rising, asylum prospects sinking  in depth

Saturday 07 September 2019 | Ralph Janik
| Addendum

In 2016 3230 people lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Since then the number of deaths has dropped – but the crossing is becoming ever more dangerous.


Approval rate for asylum applicants from Bangladesh hits lowest level since 2009 in Italy

Wednesday 25 September 2019 | Newsworthy

In the second quarter of 2019 six percent of the citizens from Bangladesh applying for asylum in Italy got positive decisions.