A common European asylum system
Asylum is granted to people fleeing persecution or serious harm. Asylum is a fundamental right; granting it is an international obligation under the 1951 Geneva Convention on the protection of refugees. In an area of open borders and freedom of movement, we have to have a joint approach to asylum across the EU. Asylum flows are not constant, nor are they evenly distributed across the EU. They have, for example, varied from a peak of 425 000 applications for the EU-27 in 2001 down to under 200 000 in 2006. In 2012, there were over 330 000. Asylum must not be a lottery. EU Member States have a... shared responsibility to welcome asylum seekers in a dignified manner, ensuring they are treated fairly and that their case is examined to uniform standards so that, no matter where an applicant applies, the outcome will be similar.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (European Commission) Themes: Fundamental rights
- Subject: Community body, directive (EU), EU Member State, free movement of persons, political asylum, refugee, regulation (EU), right of asylum
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