Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

European Asylum Support Office (EASO)

Resettlement at EU level

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) was established on 19 May 2010. In accordance with its Regulation (see below), the EASO, based in Malta, focuses on three main tasks:

  1. develop practical cooperation among EU States on asylum, by facilitating exchange of information on countries of origin, by providing support for translation and interpretation, training of asylum officials and assisting in the relocation of beneficiaries of international protection;
  2. support EU States under particular pressure, in particular through the establishment of an early warning system, coordinating teams of experts to assist them in managing asylum applications and in putting in place appropriate reception facilities;
  3. contribute to the implementation of the Common European Asylum System by collecting and exchanging information on best practices, drawing up an annual report on the asylum situation in the EU and adopting technical documents, such as guidelines and operating manuals, on the implementation of the Union's asylum instruments.

Concerning resettlement, The EASO Regulation states that it shall coordinate exchanges of information and all other action taken on the resettlement of refugees within the European Union. In 2012, due to the cut in budget and staff, the EASO will focus on the already established functions and dedicate only very limited resources to relocation (€ 105.000) and resettlement (€ 70.000). Concerning both resettlement and relocation activities EASO will:

  • define its activities in close cooperation with the Member States, UNHCR, IOM and other relevant partners,
  • organise exchange of information and best practices,
  • define methodologies and tools for EASO support.

Specifically in field of relocation, EASO shall also:

  • play a coordinating and front-office role for both Member states and UNHCR in case of relocation inside the EU.
  • support the extension of the relocation pilot project with Malta – EUREMA.


Source: EUROPA website accessed on 10 April 2012 at:

Files attached to this content:

Regulation establishing EASO (No 439/2010)