The European Commission is providing €5.656.000 million in emergency funding from the European Refugee Fund to Bulgaria to support the country in managing the increased influx of asylum seekers and improve the situation on the ground for refugees.
The funding will be used, amongst others, to increase reception and accommodation capacity for asylum seekers, to secure their livelihood and to provide them with medical and psychological assistance.
Welcoming this decision, Commissioner Malmström said, "I am happy to announce that, in the framework of the efforts put in place by the European Commission to support EU countries confronted with increasing asylum and migratory pressure, we are making €5.6 million available to the Bulgarian authorities. The emergency funding will ease the situation on the ground for asylum seekers and refugees who have fled their countries and will help the Bulgarian authorities to finance urgent measures for accommodation and reception as well as the provision of immediate health care and assistance". […]
On 27 /28 November 2013 EASO held the third EASO Consultative Forum plenary meeting in Malta. This year’s Consultative Forum Plenary meeting was attended by more than 80 participants from around 45 different organisations. Topics discussed were: EASO’s Early warning and Preparedness System (EPS), EASO’s work in Greece, EASO’s quality processes, EASO’s case study about the Western Balkans, EASO’s role on the external dimension of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), Common Country of Origin Information (COI) products produced by EASO, and EASO’s role in emergency situations. […]
EASO has today published a comparative analysis of trends, push-pull factors and responses to the flow of asylum-seekers from Western Balkan countries to EU Member States and Associated Countries, which has consistently represented the largest proportion of asylum-seekers dealt with in the EU in recent years. This analysis provides decision – and policy-makers – with tools for understanding and better managing situations in which they are confronted with large numbers of applications for international protection from Western Balkans citizens and other flows with similar characteristics. It also attempts to identify the measures which have proved to be the most effective in reducing the impact of some of the pull factors and in processing large numbers of applications for international protection where many may be unfounded, while ensuring full consideration of each individual claim and ensuring protection for those who need it. […]
Where a Member State may not transfer an asylum seeker to the State competent to examine his application because of a risk of infringement of his fundamental rights in the latter, the Member State is required to identify another Member State as responsible for the examination.
Conversely, it is not, in principle, required itself to examine the application. […]
Homosexual applicants for asylum can constitute a particular social group who may be persecuted on account of their sexual orientation.
In that context, the existence of a term of imprisonment in the country of origin sanctioning homosexual acts may constitute an act of persecution per se, provided that it is actually applied.
Pursuant to a European directive1, which refers to the provisions of the Geneva Convention2, any person who, owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country may claim refugee status. In that context, the acts of persecution must be sufficiently serious by their nature or repetition as to constitute a severe violation of basic human rights. […]