The updated AIDA reports on Hungary and Serbia track developments and persisting issues of concern in the treatment of people in need of international protection throughout 2017. Access to the territory remains a critical regional problem, as successive push backs continue to be reported at the borders of the two countries.
The updated AIDA Country Report on Malta tracks developments relating to the asylum procedure, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection in 2017. Malta received 1,619 asylum seekers in the course of the year, the majority from Syria, Libya and Somalia.
The updated AIDA Country Report on Bulgaria documents persisting obstacles to refugees’ access to a fair asylum procedure and dignified reception conditions, despite a substantial drop in the number of arrivals and asylum applications registered in the country.
The updated AIDA Country Report on Switzerland documents developments in the asylum procedure, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection throughout 2017.
The Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) Commission on Justice and Security discussed the provision of legal aid to asylum seekers in a debate on the rule of law on 6 February 2018.
Despite reports of asylum applications “dropping off drastically” in the European Union throughout 2017, statistics published by national authorities seem to reveal a more complex picture
The Spanish response to the reception of persons arriving by sea in the course of 2017 has been described as arbitrary by a new report of the Spanish Commission of Aid to Refugees (CEAR).