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Changing Influx of Asylum Seekers 2014-2016: EMN Synthesis Report

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Abstract

In 2014-2016 Member States experienced an unprecedented influx of incoming applicants for international protection: the number of applications lodged rose to 1,320,000 million in 2015 and 1,260,000 million in 2016, though the scale and peak moments differed greatly between Member States.

This EMN study provides an overview of the changes to national strategies, approaches and measures in response to the unprecedented migratory movements to EU Member States and Norway between 2014 and 2016. 

The significant increase and subsequent decrease in the influx of applicants for international protection impacted on different Member States in different ways  In particular, the study examines the changes made in the processing of applications for international protection; reception services; registration procedures; asylum procedures (including rights afforded to applicants) and the content/legal consequences of the protection granted; border control and law enforcement; integration measures; plus other areas impacted by these policies.

The study will enable the reader to understand the ways in which EU Member States and Norway responded to the migration crisis in their country, and the consequences thereof. It draws out key challenges, good practices and lessons learnt during this period. Finally, the study shows the extent to which the (Member) States included in this study are operationally and organisationally prepared for potentially similar situations in the future.  

This Synthesis Report was prepared on the basis of national contributions from 26 EMN National Contact Points[1]. The study covers the period 2014-2017.  

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[1] Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Norway

Author: European Migration Network
Publisher: Directorate General for Home Affairs, European Commission
Date of Publication: 10 September 2018
Reference Period: 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2016
Geographical focus: Europe

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