Substantial differences exist between the asylum procedures in the 27 EU Member States, creating an uneven playing field. For the first time, EU research provides evidence about asylum-seekers' own experiences across the EU. The findings of the research will inform discussions at the Ministerial Conference on Asylum in Brussels on 13-14 September 2010 relating to asylum procedures in the EU Member States.

The FRA interviewed 877 asylum applicants of 65 different nationalities across the 27 EU Member States. They were asked about their experiences of the asylum procedure in their country of residence. See also:

FRA Director Morten Kjaerum: "There is a need to improve and further harmonise the asylum procedures in the EU. A fair asylum procedure is one where applicants know their rights and duties". Read more in the media release