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Task Force Mediterranean – EASO Addresses The Facilitation Of Irregular Migrants

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: EU/EASO}

Migrants In Mediterranean Region

Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos visits EASO

European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos visited
the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) today to discuss the work of EASO in enhancing the
implementation of the Common European Asylum System, and to discuss the findings of two EASO
actions conducted within the framework of the Task Force Mediterranean: the pilot project on
information gathering in Malta and Italy on the phenomenon of facilitation of irregular migrants
and the EASO pilot projects on joint processing activities in the field of asylum. Moreover, EASO’s
Executive Director gave the Commissioner an update on the latest asylum trends in the European
Union.

During the visit, the Commissioner met with EASO’s Executive Director, Dr Robert K. Visser and EASO
staff, to discuss EASO’s work and activities, including two EASO actions conducted within the
framework of the Task Force Mediterranean: the pilot project on information gathering in Malta and
Italy on the phenomenon of facilitation of irregular migrants and the EASO pilot project on joint
processing activities in the field of asylum.

Concerning the phenomenon of facilitation of irregular migrants, together with Frontex, Europol and
Eurojust, EASO conducted a pilot project in Malta and Italy aimed at extracting aggregate and
anonymous data from the information provided by asylum seekers about the routes taken and the
conditions they experienced on their way to Europe. The information collected through the method
applied in pilot project added new knowledge to the phenomenon of facilitation and the working
methods used by facilitators. The pilot project helped to create a systematic data collection system
that can be used for long-term strategic analysis. As a next step, EASO proposes to conduct another
pilot project in two Member States that are not at the EU external border to learn more about
facilitation of secondary movements.

Moreover, EASO conducted a number of joint processing pilots with the involvement of 20 European
States. EASO took a practical, gradual and bottom up approach focused on specific steps of the asylum
process where support by Member States’ and EASO experts could provide added value to the host
Member State. EASO conducted a set of preliminary pilots and a second generation of more complex
joint processing pilots, focusing on asylum applications, asylum determination and vulnerability
assessment. These pilot projects demonstrated that there are various aspects of the asylum
procedure that can be done jointly and that many technical aspects contain similar elements.

Through the experience of these pilot projects, many asylum officials from different Member States
experienced a new level of trust when they got access to other Member State’s actual cases,
conducted interviews, assessed asylum claims and drafted internal decisions jointly. These projects
also helped in creating an atmosphere of solidarity on a very practical level. The pilot projects also
showed that Member states can share resources when extra capacity is necessary.

For more information on EASO visit  http://easo.europa.eu/

European Asylum Support Office, MTC Block A, Winemakers Wharf, Grand Harbour Valletta, MRS 1917, Malta — Tel: +356

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