Learning from Covid-19 for a better Common European Asylum System

The Covid-19 pandemic is profoundly shaking our societies at all levels. Shortly after the pandemic’s outbreak it was clear that the most vulnerable groups were the hardest hit, including asylum seekers and refugees. But also that, by magnifying the weaknesses of our systems, the virus could also show us how to fix them and force us to do it.

The project ‘Learning from Covid-19 Pandemic for a more protective Common European Asylum System’ aims at understanding the impact of Covid-19 and identifying recommendations for structural change in Europe concerning the reception of asylum seekers and immigration detention.

With the support of EPIM, JRS Europe and its partners in nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Spain) will map the measures taken by public authorities during the Covid-19 pandemic in both areas.

Based on the findings, JRS Europe will carry out targeted advocacy in the context of the negotiations on the New European Union Pact on Asylum and Migration. JRS Europe will ask national governments and European Union institutions to ensure that, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 emergency, identified national good practices will be maintained, further promoted and translated into European standards. On the other hand, we will advocate for any identified harmful practice to be redressed and eliminated in the whole European Union.

The research will produce an advocacy document with technical recommendations for a specialised audience of policymakers both at the European and national level, and a short report for dissemination to a wider audience with visual materials for social media.