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EASO Annual Training Report 2018

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Introduction

Note:

This report draws upon data provided by the EASO Training Cockpit from 2012 onwards. Its purpose is to measure progress in the implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum and does not intend to provide any data on any other national training available in EU+ States and by other stakeholders (1All training delivered in non-EU+ States and/or by external partners (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR, Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation – ACCORD, Prague Process, Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus – QIEE, etc.).).

At the current stage, the EASO Training Cockpit is only counting training participants. This means that an individual attending several training sessions will be counted several times.

Data is generated from the registration list of participants in the EASO Training Curriculum (national trainings and train-the-trainer sessions) provided by EU+ States and other stakeholders.

The EASO Training Cockpit only records participants who have completed a full training session (e-learning session and the face-to-face session). Therefore, divergence of data between the EASO Training Cockpit and the Member States’ records may result when EASO has not been informed that a participant did not complete a full training session (no update in the registration list).

Reference to the date of a session is made according to the beginning of the online training course. Therefore, two online training sessions with two different online start dates but with the same face-to-face dates and the same trainers will be counted as two sessions. Moreover, a national training session with an online session starting in December 2017 followed by a face-to-face session in January 2018 will be included in the 2017 records.

1. Progress in the implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum, EU+ States and other stakeholders

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum is monitored and analysed on the basis of the following data:

  • the number of participants who have completed the EASO training modules,
  • the number of participants per module,
  • the number of train-the-trainer sessions and national trainings,
  • the number of train-the-trainer sessions and national trainings per module.

It is important to note that the records only take into account the absolute number of training participants. The graphs do not take into account the relative size of each national authority. This means that some Member States appear as low-ranking in absolute numbers even if a significant number of staff therein has undergone training in the EASO Training Curriculum.

1.1   Trends in participation in the EASO Training Curriculum

  • The participation in all EASO training sessions (train-the-trainer and national) has significantly increased in 2018 with a total of 7 628 participations, +36 % compared to 2017.
  • The number of participations from EU+ countries represented 80 % of the total participations in 2018 while 8 % have been registered from the External Dimension and other stakeholders. EASO staff participations represented the remaining 12 %.
  • 34 train-the-trainer sessions have been delivered in 2018 in 18 different modules.
  • 524 asylum officials have been trained in 2018 to become trainers, representing an increase of 8 % in comparison with 2017.
  • The implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum at national level was significantly active: the number of national training sessions has risen by 35 % (457 sessions organised in 2018 compared to 338 sessions in 2017) and the number of participations in national and other trainings increased by 38 % (7 104 participations in 2018 compared to 5 144 in 2017).
  • 21 EU+ Member States organised EASO national training sessions in 2018 in 20 different modules.
  • The core modules (Inclusion, Interview Techniques and Evidence Assessment) were the three most used modules in 2018, representing 58 % of the total participations. The use of core modules (4 413 participations in 2018) was 33 % higher compared to 2017.
  • The Interview Techniques module was the most used (1 618 participations, 21.2 % of the total in 2018) followed by Inclusion (1 480 participations, 19.4 % of the total) and Evidence Assessment (1 315 participations, 17.2 % of the total).
  • The Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module ranked fourth (559 participations) followed by Interviewing Children (480 participations) and Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation (393 participants).
  • The strongest progression in the number of people trained was observed with regard to the Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU module (+130 % vs. 2017), Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module (+123 %) and Interviewing Children module (+109 %).
  • The modules Resettlement and Interpreting in the Asylum Context were delivered for the first time in 2018.
  • Between 2012 to 2018, 28 953 participations have been registered in EASO training modules, of which 2 194 have followed train-the-trainer sessions.
  • Between 2012 to 2018, the number of participations from EU+ countries represented 87 % of the total, 9 % have been registered from External Dimension and other stakeholders while 4 % were EASO staff.
  • Between 2012 and 2018, 7 760 participants have followed the Inclusion module which represents 27 % of the total participations.
  • The Interview Techniques module has been followed by 5 703 participants then Evidence Assessment (4 757 participants), Interviewing Vulnerable Persons (2 257 participants) and Exclusion (1 428 participants).

Implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum 2012-2018 (number of participants in national trainings and EASO’s train-the-trainer sessions, as well as the number of national training sessions)

Training progress 2018 vs. 2017

Implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum in 2018 (number of participants in national trainings and train-the-trainer sessions)

Implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum in 2018 (number of participants in national trainings and EASO’s train-the-trainer sessions, as well as the number of national training sessions)

Implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum 2012-2018 (number of participants in national trainings and EASO’s train-the-trainer sessions, as well as the number of national training sessions)

Implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum 2012-2018 (number of participants in national trainings and EASO’s train-the-trainer sessions, as well as the number of national training sessions)

Distribution of participations per language in the EASO Training Curriculum

 

1.2   Trends in participation in the EASO Train-the-trainer

  • 34 train-the-trainer sessions were delivered in 2018 (vs. 32 trainer sessions in 2017).
  • The number of trainers trained in 2018 was 524 (vs. 484 in 2017).
  • 19 train-the-trainer sessions were organised in EASO Malta (304 participants).
  • 7 regional train-the-trainer sessions were organised in 2018 by EASO in Athens, Rome, Vienna, Tallinn for a total of 127 participants.
  • Germany organised 6 train-the-trainer sessions in 2018 (68 participants).
  • Two train-the-trainer sessions were delivered within Operational Training activities.
  • 18 EASO training modules were delivered in EASO train-the-trainer sessions in 2018.
  • The modules Resettlement and Interpreting in Asylum Context were delivered for the first time in 2018.
  • 86 participants attended the EASO train-the-trainer sessions in Evidence Assessment module in 2018 followed by Interview Techniques (72 participants) and Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation (45 participants).

Train-the-trainer sessions in 2018

Train-the-trainer sessions in 2018

Train-the-trainer sessions in 2018

Train-the-trainer sessions in 2018

Didactics and platform training sessions in 2018

Train-the-trainer sessions 2012-2018

Train-the-trainer sessions 2012-2018

✓ 15 participants on average in EASO train-the-trainer sessions in 2018

Train-the-trainer sessions 2012-2018

 

1.3   Trends in participation in national training and other EASO sessions*National training sessions in EU+ countries, third countries and EASO training sessions (ad-hoc, operational training, staff training)

  • 7 104 participants have been trained in national training and other sessions*National training sessions in EU+ countries, third countries and EASO training sessions (ad-hoc, operational training, staff training) in 2018 (+38 % compared to 2017).
  • 20 EASO training modules have been delivered at national level in 13 different languages in 2018.
  • The modules Inclusion Advanced and Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU were delivered for the first time at national level in 2018.
  • The Interview Techniques module was the most used in 2018 (1 546 participants) followed by Inclusion (1 448 participants) and Evidence Assessment (1 229 participants).
  • The core modules were followed by 58 % of the participants in national training and other EASO sessions in 2018 compared to 62 % in 2017 and 79 % in 2016).
  • 21 EU+ States have delivered EASO national training sessions in 2018 (vs. 19 in 2017 and 16 and 2016).
  • The EASO Training Curriculum modules were used in 13 different languages at national level in 2018 (vs. 12 in 2017) and in 18 languages since 2012.
  • Since 2012, 25 EU+ States have delivered a total of 1 630 EASO national training sessions involving 23 062 participants.

National training and other EASO sessions in 2018

* National training sessions in EU+ countries, third countries and EASO training sessions (ad-hoc, operational training, staff training)

National trainings and other EASO sessions in 2018

□ 21 EU+ Member States organised 372 EASO national training sessions in 2018 for a total of 5  390 participations

Languages versions of EASO training modules used at national level and other EASO sessions in 2018

Implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum in 2012-2018 (number of participants in national training and other EASO sessions per module)

Implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum in 2012-2018 (number of sessions and participants in national trainings and other sessions*National training sessions in EU+ countries, third countries and EASO training sessions (ad-hoc, operational training, staff training))

□ 25 EU+ Member States have organised 1  630 EASO national training sessions for a total of 23  062 participations since 2012

 

1.4   Multiplier effect of EASO Training Curriculum

Multiplier effect of the EASO Training Curriculum 2012-2018 (in general)

  • The multiplier effect of the EASO Training Curriculum (2012-2018) amounts to 12 participants trained at the national level by a trainer who followed 1 of EASO’s train-the-trainer sessions (ratio 1:12).
  • The multiplier effect of the EASO Training Curriculum has increased from 8.6 participants per trainer trained in 2012 to 12.2 participants per trainer trained at the end of 2016 followed by a slight decrease to 11.8 at end of 2017. In 2018, the multiplier effect has increased up to 12.2 participants per trainer trained due to the high number of participations at national level.

Multiplier effect of EASO Training Curriculum in the EU+ States which organised national training sessions 2012-2018

  • The multiplier effect of the EASO Training Curriculum in the EU+ States which organised national training sessions (2012-2018) amounts to 15 participants trained at the national level by a trainer who followed one of EASO’s train-the-trainer sessions (ratio 1:15).
  • The multiplier effect of the EASO Training Curriculum in the EU+ States which organised national training sessions has increased from 10.6 participants per trainer trained in 2012 to 16.3 participants per trainer trained at the end of 2016 followed by a decrease to 15 at end of 2017. The high number of participations in national training sessions in 2018 has allowed the multiplier effect to rise up to 15.5 at end of 2018.

Multiplier effect in action 2012-2018

Multiplier effect in action per module

 

2. Profile of participants from EU+ States and other stakeholders in the EASO Training Curriculum

  • Most of the participants who have completed one or more modules of the EASO Training Curriculum are responsible for preparing and conducting asylum interviews (90 %). The second most common profile relates to drafting asylum decisions (87 %), while 71 % of the participants deal with the analysis of facts and documentation following an asylum interview.
  • These profiles correspond to the core tasks which are most commonly shared by asylum case officers across the EU+ States confirming that the EASO Training Curriculum is reaching its primary target audience.
  • The lowest percentage of participants represents persons who are responsible for drafting and supervising the implementation of asylum procedural guidelines (4 %) and for producing country reports and/or eligibility guidelines (1 %).

Profile of participants in the EASO Training Curriculum

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

3. Progress in the implementation of the EASO Training Curriculum in External Dimension and other stakeholders

  • External Dimension and other stakeholder participations include participants in EASO train-the-trainer and national training sessions from non-EU+ States and/or external partners (e.g. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR, Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation – ACCORD, Prague Process, Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus – QIEE, etc.).
  • 609 participants from External Dimension and other stakeholders followed EASO training modules in 2018 (vs. 537 in 2017) of which 61 were participants in the EASO train-the-trainer sessions. This strong increase is the result of the significant use of EASO Training Curriculum in Western Balkan countries, Turkey and within the Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus.
  • The participants from External Dimension and other stakeholders followed 16 EASO Training modules in 2018.
  • Since 2012, 2 492 participants from External Dimension and other stakeholders followed EASO training modules, of which 338 participated in EASO Train-the-trainer sessions.

External Dimension and other stakeholders 2018

External Dimension and other stakeholders 2012–2018

 

4. Portfolio of EASO Training Curriculum modules

At the end of 2018, the EASO Training Curriculum portfolio was composed of the following modules:

  • Inclusion
  • Interview Techniques
  • Evidence Assessment
  • Interviewing Vulnerable Persons
  • Interviewing Children
  • Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • Trafficking in Human Beings
  • Inclusion Advanced
  • Reception
  • Dublin III Regulation
  • Asylum Procedures Directive
  • Country of Origin Information
  • Exclusion
  • End of Protection
  • Resettlement
  • Interpreting in the Asylum Context
  • Module for Managers
  • Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU
  • Common European Asylum System
  • Introduction to International Protection
  • Introduction to Didactics

Portfolio of module language versions available on the EASO Training platform (April 2019)

Translations & Publications

 

4.1   Inclusion module

  • The Inclusion module has been the most used EASO training module since 2011. In 2013, EASO included this module as one of the three core modules for asylum case officers.
  • The latest update of the module took place in 2013.
  • Significant progress in the implementation of the Inclusion module has been observed since its update in 2013. In 2016, the module was followed by 2 334 participants before a decrease of 51 % in 2017 (1 143 participants). In 2018, 1 480 participants followed the Inclusion module (+29 % vs. 2017).
  • The vast majority of participants in the Inclusion module are responsible for interviewing applicants for international protection (96 %), and drafting asylum decisions (90 %).
  • In 2018, 98 training sessions were organised in the module (vs. 75 sessions in 2017), of which 2 train-the-trainer sessions (32 participants) and 96 national training sessions (1 448 participants).
  • Since 2012, 7 760 participants from 28 Member States, Norway, Switzerland and other stakeholders have been trained in the Inclusion module, of which 315 trainers trained in 24 train-the-trainer sessions and 7 445 participants in 503 national training sessions.
  • The latest version of the Inclusion module is available in 13 languages: English, Bulgarian, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, Russian, Georgian and Arabic.
  • In 2013, the Handbook on the Inclusion module was developed. The handbook is available in 19 language versions.

Participation in EASO national trainings and train-the-trainer sessions in EU+ States and other stakeholders (2012 - 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Inclusion module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Inclusion module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Inclusion module (2012 – 2018)

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.2   Interview Techniques module

  • In 2015, the module was followed by 960 asylum officials, in 2016 by 1 219, in 2017 by 1 104 participants, while in 2018 the overall number of participants increased to 1 618 (+47 %).
  • Interview Techniques is one of three core modules recommended by EASO for asylum case officers. The vast majority of participants in the Interview Techniques module are responsible for the preparation and conducting of asylum interviews (97 %), preparation of drafts of asylum decisions (93 %) and analysis of facts and documentation (77 %).
  • The Interview Techniques module is the second most used EASO training module. In 2018, 106 training sessions were organised in the module (vs. 73 sessions in 2017), of which 5 were train-the-trainer session (72 participants) and 101 national training sessions (1 546 participants).
  • Since 2012, 5 703 participants from 27 Member States, Norway, Switzerland and other stakeholders have been trained in the Interview Techniques module, of which 273 trainers trained in 20 train-the-trainer sessions and 5 430 participants in 363 national training sessions.
  • The module was upgraded in 2018 and its latest version is available in 23 language versions: English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Estonian and Turkish.
  • The Handbook was made available in 2019.

Participation in EASO national trainings and train-the-trainer sessions in EU+ States and other stakeholders (2012 - 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Interview Techniques module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Interview Techniques module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Interview Techniques module (2012 – 2018)

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.3   Evidence Assessment module

  • In 2015, the module was followed by 718 asylum officials, in 2016 by 752 participants, in 2017 by 1 065, while in 2018 the overall number of participants increased to 1 315 (+23 %).
  • The Evidence Assessment module is the third most used EASO training module. Since 2013 the module is one of three core modules recommended by EASO for asylum case officers.
  • The vast majority of participants in the Evidence Assessment module are responsible for interviewing applicants for international protection (94 %), preparation of drafts of asylum decisions (91 %), and analysis of facts and documentation following an asylum interview (75 %).
  • In 2018, 84 training sessions were organised in the module (vs. 67 sessions in 2017), of which six were train-the-trainer session (86 participants) and 78 national training sessions (1 229 participants).
  • Since 2012, 4 757 participants from 27 Member States, Norway, Switzerland and other stakeholders have been trained in the Evidence Assessment module, of which 285 trainers trained in 21 train-the-trainer sessions and 4 472 participants in 291 national training sessions.
  • The latest version of Evidence Assessment module is available in 24 language versions: English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Russian, Estonian and Turkish.
  • The Evidence Assessment module is currently being upgraded with the kick-off meeting having taken place in January 2019. The upgraded version is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of 2020.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Evidence Assessment module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Evidence Assessment module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Evidence Assessment module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Evidence Assessment module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.4   Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module

  • Since 2015, the implementation of the Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module in the EU+ States has significantly increased, from 102 participants in 2015, to 563 participants in 2017 and a nearly constant number of 559 participants in 2018.
  • The majority of participants in the Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module (94%) are responsible for interviewing applicants for international protection. 85% of the participants are drafting decisions on international protection while 62% analyse facts and documentation following an asylum interview.
  • In 2018, 36 training sessions were organised in the module (drawing a parallel to 37 sessions in 2017), of which two train-the-trainer sessions (vs. 76 in 2017) with 29 participants and 34 national training sessions with 530 participants (compared to 487 participants in 2017).
  • In 2018, the Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module was followed by 559 participants representing 21 Member States, Switzerland and other stakeholders.
  • Since 2012, 2 257 participants from 21 Member States, Switzerland and other stakeholders have been trained in the Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module.
  • The Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module (version 4.0) was available in 8 language versions at the end of 2018: English, Bulgarian, German, French, Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak and Russian.
  • The Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module has recently been upgraded making significant changes to the content. The upgraded version 4.0 was piloted in April 2018. A Handbook has been developed and is available to the trainees from the start of the online studies.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Interviewing Vulnerable Persons module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.5 Interviewing Children module

  • The implementation of the Interviewing Children module has been increasing since 2012, with a substantial increase of 109 % in 2018 compared to the previous year. In 2018, 32 sessions were organised through which 480 persons have been trained, compared to 17 sessions organised with 230 persons trained in 2017.
  • Of the 32 sessions organised in 2018, 2 training sessions were organised in the format of train-the-trainer sessions (41 participants) and 30 national training sessions (439 participants).
  • As in the previous years, in 2018 the majority of the participants following the Interviewing Children module are responsible for the preparation and conducting of the interview with applicants for international protection, and for the drafting of the decision.
  • The upgraded version of the Interviewing Children module has been finalised, then piloted in April/May 2018. The upgraded Interviewing Children module (version 4.0) is available in two languages: English and German.
  • A Handbook has been developed and is available to the trainees at the start of the online studies.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Interviewing Children module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Interviewing Children module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Interviewing Children module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Interviewing Children module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.6 Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module

  • Steady progress in the implementation of the Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module in EU+ States has been observed since its creation in 2015. In 2015, the module was followed by 33 asylum officials, in 2016 by 69 participants and in 2017 by 176 participants. In 2018 the module was followed by 393 participants, which means an increase by 123 % in comparison to 2017.
  • The vast majority of participants in the Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module are responsible for interviewing applicants for international protection (90 %), preparation of drafts of asylum decisions (87 %), and analysis of facts and documentation following an asylum interview (59 %).
  • In 2018, 26 training sessions were organised in the module, of which three train-the-trainer sessions (45 participants) and 23 national training sessions (348 participants).
  • Since 2012, 671 participants representing 19 Member States and other stakeholders have been trained in the Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module.
  • The latest version of Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module is available in English, German Russian, Finnish and Slovenian.
  • A handbook is available for this module in the following languages: English, German, Finnish and Slovenian.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module (2015 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module (2015 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module at national level (2015 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.7 Trafficking in Human Beings module

  • The Trafficking in Human Beings module was first piloted in 2017 and 5 training sessions were organised in 2017. This number remained stable with further 5 training sessions organised in 2018.
  • The vast majority of participants in the module Trafficking in Human Beings are responsible for interviewing applicants for international protection (89 %), drafting asylum decisions (84 %) and conducting the first fact-gathering interviews and registration, including screening and/or referral of incoming cases (72 %).
  • In 2018, 5 training sessions were organised in the module, of which one was a train-the-trainer session with 18 participants, compared to two train-the-trainer sessions organised in 2017.
  • In 2018, 4 national training sessions with 48 participants were organised, representing a significant increase compared to the 37 participants in 2017.
  • In total, 139 participants from 17 Member States and other stakeholders have been trained in the Trafficking in Human Beings module, of which 54 trainers trained in 3 train-the-trainer sessions and 85 participants in 7 national training sessions.
  • The latest version of Trafficking in Human Beings is available in English language only.
  • In 2018, the handbook on Trafficking in Human Beings was made available.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Trafficking in Human Beings module (2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Trafficking in Human Beings module (2018)

Implementation of EASO Trafficking in Human Beings module at national level (2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Trafficking in Human Beings module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.8 Inclusion Advanced module

  • The Inclusion Advanced module was piloted in 2017 and finalised in 2018.
  • In 2018 one train-the-trainer session was organised in the module. In total, 14 participants from 8 Member States and Norway were trained in this session.
  • The Inclusion Advanced module was delivered in national training sessions in Norway where a total of 7 participant were trained.
  • The module has been translated into the Russian language and has been delivered by UNHCR to 29 participants who were trained in the context of the Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe.
  • The Inclusion Advanced module has, on average, a substantially higher degree of participants whose tasks include supervision/review of other caseworkers’ asylum decision responsibilities in their home administration - 68% compared to an average of 20%. The participants also present and defend their own or other case workers’ decisions at appeal - 29% of the participants, compared to the average of 10%. In addition, participants who performed drafting and supervision of the implementation of asylum procedural guidelines counted for 11% compared to an overall average of 4% in other modules.
  • Participants also have the responsibility of interviewing applicants for international protection (50 %), draft asylum decisions (86 %) and analysing facts and documentation following an asylum interview (84 %).
  • The latest version of Inclusion Advanced is available in English and Russian language.
  • The Inclusion Advanced handbook is available in both English and Russian language.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Inclusion Advanced module (2017-2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Inclusion Advanced module (2017-2018)

Implementation of EASO Inclusion Advanced module at national level (2018)

Norway implemented the module Inclusion Advanced at national level in 2018 (7 participants).

The module Inclusion Advanced has been used within Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus project in Russian language in 2018 for 21 participants (Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Russia and UNHCR).

Profile of participants in EASO Inclusion Advanced module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.9 Reception module

  • The Reception module was developed in 2015 as a basic training on reception with a target group focusing on, but not limited to, newly recruited reception officials.
  • Since 2015, 581 participants from Member States, Norway, Switzerland and other stakeholders have been trained in the Reception module, including 98 trainers in 7 train-the-trainer sessions. In 2018, the number of participants increased by 45 %: 317 persons trained against 219 in 2017.
  • 63 % of the participants in the Reception module reported being responsible for other than refugee status determination related tasks. 25% of participants reported that their main task is conducting the first fact-gathering interviews, registration screening and referral of incoming cases.
  • In 2018, Greece and Belgium were leading in the number of staff trained in the Reception module at the national level: 138 and 101 respectively.
  • The Reception module is available in eight languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Romanian, Slovak and Russian.
  • The Reception module, together with the module on Reception of Vulnerable Persons that is currently in development, will be shaped into a variety of smaller learning blocks to better serve the training needs of reception officers in national administrations.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Reception module (2015 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Reception module (2015 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Reception module at national level (2016 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Reception module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.10 Dublin III Regulation module

  • The trend of the increasing use of the module (EASO and national sessions) is confirmed also for 2018, + 33.3 % for the number of sessions and +12 % for the number of participants, compared to 2017. Indeed since 2012, the use of the Dublin III module has been the highest in 2018.
  • In 2018, 24 training sessions were organised in the module compared to 18 sessions in 2017, of which 2 train-the-trainer sessions (23 participants vs. 44 in 2017). A significant increase in the number of national training sessions was registered for 2018: + 53.3 % for the number of sessions and + 26.7% for the number of participants compared to 2017. 23 national training sessions (vs. 15 in 2017) were delivered with a total of 247 participants (vs. 195 in 2017).
  • Since 2012, 948 participants from 27 Member States, Norway, Switzerland and other stakeholders have been trained in the Dublin III module, of which 147 trainers trained in 11 train-the-trainer sessions and 801 participants in 78 national training sessions.
  • The vast majority of participants in the Dublin III module are responsible for drafting asylum decisions (90.1 %), analysing facts and documentation following an asylum decision (67 %) and conducting interviews (57 %).
  • Between August and September 2018, three national sessions delivered in the UK were supported under the coordination of EASO, by the deployment of two trainers, one from Norway and one from Germany.
  • In the context of EASO Operational Training in Italy, in March 2018, a train-the-trainer session was delivered in Rome to train 22 newly-recruited officials working in the Italian Dublin Unit.
  • Between May and July 2018, EASO supported the newly-set-up Dublin Unit of Malta by offering an ad-hoc training programme for the 4 Dublin Officers, which included the completion of the EASO training module and a study visit on the implementation of the Dublin Regulation in the Dublin Unit of Poland.
  • The latest version of Dublin III module is available in four languages : English, German, Romanian and Slovenian.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Dublin III Regulation module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Dublin III Regulation module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Dublin III Regulation module at national level (2012 - 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Dublin III Regulation module (2015 – 2018)

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.11 Asylum Procedures Directive module

  • The use of the Asylum Procedure Directive Module has significantly decreased in 2018, with only 7 participants.
  • The decrease in the implementation of this module may be the result of the current negotiations on the Commission proposal for a new regulation to replace the Asylum Procedures Directive.
  • The latest version of Asylum Procedures Directive module is available in English language only.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Asylum Procedures Directive module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Asylum Procedures Directive module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Asylum Procedures Directive module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Asylum Procedures Directive module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.12 Country of Origin Information module

  • The implementation of the COI module has been fluctuating since 2012, reaching the highest peak in 2013 (241 participants). In 2018 there were 135 participants in the COI module which means a decrease of 38 % in comparison to the year 2017.
  • The vast majority of participants in the COI module are responsible for COI research (76 %), drafting asylum decisions (52 %), analysis of facts and documentation following an asylum interview (45 %) and interviewing applicants for international protection (45 %).
  • In 2018, 7 training sessions (one train-the-trainer session with 21 participants and 6 national training sessions with 114 participants) were organised in the module compared to 13 sessions in 2017.
  • Since 2012, 1 229 participants from 27 Member States, Switzerland and other stakeholders have been trained in the COI module, of which 106 trainers trained in 7 train-the-trainer sessions and 1 123 participants in 69 national training sessions.
  • In 2018 the module underwent an upgrade process and the pilot train-the-trainer session in the upgraded version of the module is foreseen to take place in May-June 2019.
  • In comparison to the previous version of the module, the upgraded version of the modules provides trainees with information on researching vulnerable groups, exclusion cases, cases related to the Article 15 c) of the QD or on researching oral sources. Additionally presentation of COI findings, namely drafting of COI queries and reports, referencing, disclaimer or peer review is included in the newer version of the module.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Country of Origin Information module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Country of Origin Information module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Country of Origin Information module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Country of Origin Information module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.13 Exclusion module

  • The Exclusion module is currently being upgraded. The kick-off meeting was held on 8-10 January 2019 and the upgraded version is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of 2020.
  • The majority of participants in the Exclusion module are responsible for preparing and conducting asylum interviews and hearings (93%) as well as for drafting and proposing asylum decisions (91 %). There was also an important number of participants responsible for analysing facts and documentation following an asylum interview (79 %)
  • In 2018, 23 training sessions were organised - one train-the-trainer session (11 participants) and 22 national training sessions (325 participants).
  • The Exclusion module has seen a steady increase in implementation by EU+ States since its launch in 2012. In 2015, the module was followed by 258 asylum officials, increasing to 310 participants in 2016 then to 331 in 2017. In 2018, 336 participants took part in the training sessions.
  • Since 2012, there have been 1 428 participants from 22 Member States plus Norway and Iceland. 87 trainers have been trained through 7 train-the-trainer sessions and 1 341 participants have been trained through 95 national training sessions.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Exclusion module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Exclusion module (2012 - 2018)

Implementation of EASO Exclusion module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Exclusion module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.14 End of Protection module

  • In October 2018, the upgraded version of the Module was completed and a pilot session was launched in November 2018. This train-the-trainer session was followed by 20 participants from 7 Member States.
  • The implementation of the End of Protection module has been steady since 2012, varying from 18 participants up to 27 participants; this peak was recorded for the year 2014. In 2018, the module was followed by 20 asylum officials which was higher than the previous year that recorded 18 participants.
  • The vast majority of participants in the End of Protection Module are responsible for preparing and conducting asylum interviews and hearings (86 %) as well as for drafting and proposing asylum decisions (84 %). A number of participants were involved in the analysis of facts and documentation following an asylum interview (50 %) and in first fact-gathering such as registration, screening, or referral of incoming cases (43%).
  • Since 2012, 141 participants from 16 Member States plus Norway have been trained in the End of Protection module, of which 48 trainers were trained in 4 train-the-trainer sessions and 93 participants in 13 national training sessions.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO End of Protection module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO End of Protection module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO End of Protection module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO End of Protection module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.15 Resettlement module

  • The Resettlement module was developed within the framework of EU-Frank (European Union Action on Facilitating Resettlement and Refugee Admission through New Knowledge) project. The project is led by Sweden in partnership and consultation with migration, asylum and reception services of the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium as well as EASO, UNHCR, IOM, MPI and ICMC.
  • The development of the main part of the module describing the resettlement process started in mid-2017 and was finalised at the end of 2018. The pilot session, when 21 participant from 7 EU MS as well as 1 representative from ICMC, EASO and EEAS, took part was held in December 2018 in Malta.
  • The work with the development of the last sub-module which describes complementary pathways to the resettlement of refugees started at the beginning of 2019 and will be finalised by July.
  • The next EASO train-the-trainer session on the Resettlement module is scheduled for the end of this year.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Resettlement module (2012 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Resettlement module (2012 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Resettlement module at national level (2012 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Resettlement module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.16 Interpreting in the Asylum Context module

  • The module on Interpreting in the Asylum Context was launched in May 2018. A total of 347 participants followed the online module in 2018.
  • In addition to the EASO Training Reference Group, seven selected members of the EASO Consultative Forum were involved in the consultation of the final draft of the module.
  • The module is based only on the online content course including exercises with automatic feedback, with the possibility of organising face-to-face session upon request by the Member States.
  • An operational training programme has been developed on the basis of this module and has been delivered throughout 2018 to EASO interpreters deployed in EASO Operations in Italy.
  • In 2018, 161 interpreters working for EU+ MS, interpreting mainly during the registration and the personal interview, followed the module. The highest number of interpreters were nominated by Belgium (60), Slovenia (29), Italy (19), Cyprus (18).
  • In 2018, EASO interpreters deployed in EASO Operations in Greece and Italy followed also the module.
  • 3 online content sessions organised by EASO in 2018 for interpreters working for EU+ MS asylum authorities. The last 2 sessions were also opened to EASO interpreters deployed in Italy.
  • 1 online content session was organised at national level by Belgium.
  • In the context of Operational Training in Greece, 1 train-the-trainer session, for a total of 21 interpreter trainers were trained, who then participated in the delivery of the following 5 content sessions.
  • The module is currently available in the following languages: English, German, Slovenian and Russian.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Interpreting in the Asylum Context module (2018)

 

4.17 Module for Managers

  • The use of the Module for Managers has slightly decreased in 2017 (56 participants) when compared to 2016 (70 participants).
  • This module is currently being upgraded, with the pilot training session planned for September/October 2019.
  • Since the module was developed in 2014, 12 training sessions have been organised with 199 participants trained. In total, 5 train-the-trainer sessions were organised with 54 persons trained as trainers and 7 national trainings were organised with 145 participants trained).
  • The use of this Module has been slightly decreasing since 2016. In 2017, 4 training sessions were organised with 56 participants trained and in 2018, 3 training sessions were organised with 41 participants trained.
  • With the upgrade process, the title of the module will change to ‘Management in the Asylum Context’, a new title which also reflects the clarifications made about the main target audience of this module.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Module for Managers (2014 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Module for Managers (2014 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Module for Managers at national level (2016 - 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Module for Managers

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.18 Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU module

  • Since it was piloted for the first time in 2016, the Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU module has observed a considerable increase in its implementation. In 2018, 46 participants were trained in the module compared to 17 participants in 2016 and 20 participants in 2017. Since 2016, a total of 83 participants have been trained in the module.
  • Generally, data show that the profiles of the participants are very varied for this module. If the majority of participants in the Fundamental Rights module are responsible for drafting asylum decisions (74 %), other profiles of participants are quite equally represented. Among them the following profiles can be mentioned: drafting and supervision of the implementation of asylum procedural guidelines (38 %), analysis of facts and documentation following an asylum interview (36 %), COI research (34 %), and preparation and conducting asylum interview and hearings (32 %).
  • Since 2016, three train-the-trainer sessions have been organised and 53 trainers from 12 Member States, plus Norway, have been trained in the Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU module.
  • In 2018, two national training sessions were organised (one in Luxembourg and one in Norway) and 30 participants were trained.
  • The Fundamental Rights and International Protection module is available in English.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU module (2016 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU module (2016 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU at national level (2016 - 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.19 Common European Asylum System module

  • The CEAS module was upgraded during the course of 2018 and the pilot train-the-trainer session was held in November in Malta. In total, 13 participants from CZ, DE, LT, NL, PL as well as EASO staff/interim staff took part in this session.
  • The vast majority of participants in CEAS module are responsible for drafting asylum decisions (64.6 %) analysing facts and documentation (54.5 %) and conducting asylum interviews (38.4 %).
  • In 2018, two national training sessions of the non-upgraded CEAS module were organised in Greece with 40 participants in total (22 representatives from the Greek asylum authorities and 18 from EASO staff/interim staff).
  • Since its creation in 2013, 420 participants from 16 Member States, Norway and other stakeholders have been trained in the CEAS module, of which 88 trainers trained in 8 train-the-trainer sessions and 332 participants in 22 national training sessions.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Common European Asylum System module (2013 – 2018)

Participation in train-the-trainer sessions in EASO Common European Asylum System module (2013 – 2018)

Implementation of EASO Common European Asylum System module at national level (2014 – 2018)

Profile of participants in EASO Common European Asylum System module

Please note that one asylum officer may perform several tasks.

 

4.20 Introduction to International Protection module

  • The module Introduction to International Protection was first piloted in 2017. 1 training session was organised and 29 participants completed the module, out of which 24 were EASO staff members and the rest were from Member States.
  • In 2018, two national training sessions with 54 participants were organised. 24 participants were EASO staff and 31 participants were from Member States.

Progress in the implementation of the EASO Introduction to International Protection module (2018)

Implementation of EASO Introduction to International Protection module at national level (2017 – 2018)

 

4.21 Introduction to Didactics module

  • The Training ‘Introduction to didactics’ is composed of an online module of about 7 hours of personal work and a one-day face-to-face session. It is followed by participants in a train-the-trainers session in parallel with a content module.
  • Each participant is required to deliver a 10-minute individual ‘mini-training’. For this reason, the amount of participants is limited to ten.
  • This training is delivered by one or two trainers from the specific pool of trainers on didactics.
  • The training on didactics is part of all ‘train-the-trainer’ sessions, complementary to a content module:
    • Train-the-trainer sessions organised by EASO for EU+ countries
    • Train-the-trainer session organised by EASO for External Dimension projects
    • Train-the-trainer sessions organised by Germany in Germany
    • Train-the-trainer organised by UNHCR for the project Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe.
  • In 2018, 30 didactics training sessions were delivered.
  • 344 participants from 24 Member States and other stakeholders followed the didactics training sessions in 2018.
  • The module ‘Introduction to didactics’ is available in two languages: English and Russian.

Didactics module 2017-2018

Didactics module 2018

 

5. Annual Training Programme for EASO staff

  • EASO organised 5 internal training sessions for staff members in 2018.
  • The training on Introduction to International Protection module was completed by 23 EASO staff while 18 EASO staff followed the Common European Asylum System module, 16 followed the module on Trafficking in Human Beings and 12 on Country of Origin Information. Moreover, a training on Asylum Procedures Directive for EASO staff in Italy started in December 2018.

EASO Staff trained in 2018

EASO Staff trained in 2018 (Greece and Italy)

 

6. EASO Training Curriculum – Trainer & Expert pool

  • The EASO Trainer and Expert pool is composed of 287 nominated individuals covering 618 different positions.
  • One individual may, for example, be nominated as a content expert, a trainer and a didactics expert (three positions) and they may also intervene on several modules.
  • 124 individual content experts were nominated and cover 180 different positions.
  • 238 individual trainers were nominated and cover 409 positions.
  • The Evidence Assessment module is the most nominated with 71 individuals covering 81 positions (13 content experts and 68 trainers nominated).

Trainer and Expert pool

Trainer and Expert pool

 

7. Involvement of trainers in EASO training delivery

  • In 2018, EASO organised 32 train-the-trainer sessions which required the deployment of 112 trainers (79 content trainers and 33 didactics trainers) compared to 105 deployments in 2017.
  • EASO staff provided 29 % of the trainers involved, followed by Germany with 20 % (having organised six train-the-trainer sessions in 2018), Netherlands (6 %) and Belgium and Sweden (5 % each).
  • In total, 14 Member States and Norway provided content and didactics trainers to EASO train-the-trainer sessions in 2018.
  • Since 2012, 99 EASO staff have been deployed to deliver the train-the-trainer sessions followed by Germany (74 deployments), Netherlands (61), Belgium (53), Sweden (38) and Norway (28).
  • With regards to the total number of EASO training sessions delivered in 2018, 417 individuals were involved as trainers compared to 355 in 2017.
  • Since 2012, 807 individuals have delivered at least one EASO Training Curriculum session.

Involvement of trainers in EASO train-the-trainer sessions in 2018

Involvement of trainers in EASO Train-the-trainer sessions 2012-2018

Involvement of trainers in delivering EASO training sessions

Involvement of trainers in delivering EASO training sessions

 

8. Pilot Project on Certification

Quick facts

  • Number of certified sessions: 35
    • Asylum Procedures Directive: 1 session
    • Country of Origin Information: 1 session
    • Dublin III Regulation: 5 sessions
    • Evidence Assessment: 11 sessions
    • Exclusion: 2 sessions
    • Inclusion: 10 sessions
    • Interviewing Vulnerable Persons: 1 session
    • Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: 2 sessions
    • Reception: 2 sessions
  • Number of participants enrolled on the certified sessions: 759
  • Number of participants who took the Final Assessment (voluntary):
    • 502 → 66 % out of the 759 enrolled
  • Number of participants who successfully passed the Final Assessment, and thereby demonstrated the achievement of the module Learning Outcomes:
    • 464 → 92 % out of the 502 who took the Final Assessment

Summary

  • EASO continued the implementation of the certification pilot throughout 2018. The pilot was limited in scope to 13 modules in the English language version only and constituted an initial small-scale implementation to establish the viability of fully-fledged certification. The certified and accredited versions were offered to participants in the train-the-trainer sessions and upon request, by a Member State, in national trainings. In addition, the certificate has been offered in selected sessions in Training Operations. The number of participants enrolled in the certified sessions amounted to 759 out of which 502 chose to take the final assessment. Out of the 502 who took the final assessment, 464 persons were successful which corresponds to 92 %.
  • A mid-term evaluation was conducted and the results will contribute towards attaining the fully-fledged certification and accreditation covering all current and future modules in all available language versions.
  • The Certification and Accreditation Working Group convened on two occasions under the new Terms of Reference and informed the implementation of the certification pilot. The group was also central to the establishment of a Sectoral Qualification, mapping duties and tasks for asylum and reception officials to align with learning outcomes, thereby initiating the creation of a system to help ensure fit-for-purpose training for asylum and reception officials.

 

9. EASO Training platform

  • More than 8 300 user accounts (at end of 2018)
  • On average 1 325 active users per month in 2018
  • 25 platform training sessions delivered
  • 274 participants attended the platform training sessions
  • 514 online sessions were provided in 2018
  • 64 online modules were built on the new EASO training platform in 2018
  • 135 module languages versions available on the EASO training platform (from 2019)

64 Online Modules built on the EASO Training platform in 2018

  • 21 language versions of Inclusion v.4
    (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, EL, ET, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, NO)
  • 21 language versions of Interview Techniques v.4
    (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, EL, ET, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, NO)
  • 8 in English: Interviewing Vulnerable Persons v.4, Interviewing Children v.4, End of Protection v.5, Interpreting in the Asylum Context v.1, Trafficking in Human Beings v.1.1, Resettlement v.1, Fundamental Rights and International Protection in EU v.1.1, CEAS v.2
  • 3 in German: Exclusion, Reception, Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • 3 in Italian: CEAS, Reception, COI v.4
  • 2 in Hungarian: Interviewing Vulnerable Persons, Interviewing Children
  • 1 in Greek: Reception
  • 1 in Finnish: Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • 1 in Russian: Inclusion Advanced
  • 1 in Slovak: Reception
  • 1 in Slovene: Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • 1 in Turkish: Inclusion

EASO Training platform sessions in numbers (2018)

EASO Training platform activities in 2018

EASO Training platform in numbers: active users (2018)

Note: A monthly active user is an individual that logs in at least once to the EASO training platform during one calendar month.

Reading example: In May 2018, 1 717 individuals logged at least once to the EASO training platform.

 

10. Operational Training

  • The EASO operational training finds its legal basis in Article 6 (Support for training) of the EASO Regulation, in the form of specialised training provided to experts who are part of the Asylum Intervention Pool. As detailed in Article 6, the training should be related to experts’ duties and function.
  • EASO operational trainings are mostly organised as part of the implementation of the annual operating plans EASO signs with Member States facing particular pressure. Operational trainings are also organised on an ad-hoc basis, either in response to previously unforeseen needs by a Member State with an on-going operating plan or in response to a particular need by a Member State who has not signed an operating plan with EASO.
  • Given the dynamic situation in operations, the training material for EASO operational training is being constantly developed and updated. EASO invested heavily in the development of 10 operational training programmes/courses, which have been developed following reoccurring training needs on the ground as well as the context of particular operations. These are:
    • Operational training for EASO deployed experts
    • Extensive training programme for junior caseworkers
    • Extensive training programme for vulnerability experts
    • Operational training on access to the asylum procedure
    • Operational training on registration of applications for international protection
    • Operational training on the Dublin III Regulation
    • Operational training on reception
    • Operational training for team leaders
    • Operational training on interpreting in the asylum context
    • Operational training on coaching
  • The EASO Operational Training Programmes consist of thematic training related to specific asylum and/or reception related matters, tasks to be performed on the ground as well as the operational context. The training programmes are usually complimented by a set of training materials such as a Trainer’s Manual and Handbook. As a rule, the training materials are developed by Member States experts, with the possible involvement of external experts with extensive knowledge and experience on the topic.
  • The operational training sessions target diverse audiences, such as EASO deployed experts (caseworkers, team leaders, vulnerability experts), EASO interim caseworkers, EASO deployed interpreters, asylum officials of the MS where EASO is involved in operations, reception officials, amongst others.
  • The format of the operational trainings consist mostly of face-to-face sessions focused to a large extent on practical exercises. The duration of a face-to-face session varies from one to five days (on average) and the sessions are delivered by EASO in-house trainers, Member States experts, as well as by external experts with extensive expertise on the specific topics. The face-to-face sessions are organised in the locations where EASO operations are conducted. Often, representatives of national local authorities as well as international/EU bodies take part in the operational trainings in the capacity of trainers/speakers due to their involvement in the operation. In the case of extensive training programmes, the e-learning element is also incorporated.
  • In 2018 EASO delivered a total of 160 operational training sessions, including ad-hoc training, through which 3 219 participants were trained. This marks an increase of 145 % in training sessions and an increase of 246 % in participants, when compared to the previous year.
  • Additionally, EASO supported Frontex in the delivery of 12 Operational Briefings with a total number of participants amounting to 885.
  • The type of operational training with the highest number of participants in 2018 were the operational trainings on registration of applications for international protection. Through these sessions, mostly organised under the Operating Plan for Italy and in support of the Italian Department of Public Security responsible for the registration of applications for international protection, 443 immigration police were trained during 9 sessions.
  • In line with the Operating Plan EASO signed in 2019, the training related activities in the context of operations are foreseen to further increase when compared to the previous year. EASO will again train diverse target groups in the framework of the ongoing operations. The training will focus on a broad range of topics related to the tasks and functions to be performed on the ground.

Operational Training: overview

Operational Training: number of participants

Operational Training: number of sessions

Operational Training: types of activities

Operational Training: target groups

 

Operational Training – Bulgaria, Cyprus

  • The limited number of training activities in Bulgaria in 2018 was due to the exit phase and finalisation of the EASO Operating Plan for Bulgaria.
  • In view of EASO’s involvement in support for Cyprus, a specialised training on registration of applications for international protection was organised in summer 2018 for the new EASO interim registration officers. The training was then followed by on-the-job coaching conducted directly in the places of deployment.
  • Due to a relatively low number of Member States’ experts deployed in Cyprus and the fact that EASO was supporting the Cypriot Asylum Service in backlog management mostly via interim case workers re-deployed on regular basis from Greece, only one operational training was organised in Nicosia in 2018.

Operational Training: Bulgaria

Operational Training: Cyprus

 

Operational Training - Greece

  • In 2018, the highest number of trainings organised under the Operating Plan for Greece was recorded in the Training Curriculum modules. These training sessions were mostly followed by EASO interim case workers supporting the Greek Asylum Service in both border and regular procedure. The interims, who have previously completed the extensive training programme, were trained in order to further develop their knowledge and skills in more specialised areas such as interviewing vulnerable persons or interviewing children.
  • Furthermore, EASO has continued on a regular basis to deliver its standard operational training for Member States’ deployed experts. In the framework of these trainings, 165 experts were trained.
  • A set of specialised training sessions was also organised on a quarterly basis for EASO team leaders. The trainings targeted 55 persons in total and were focused on a variety of issues which are being handled by the team leaders on a daily basis.

Operational Training: Greece

 

Operational Training - Italy

  • In 2018, the highest number of training sessions (21 in total) have been organised under the Extensive Training Programme for junior caseworkers. Through the Extensive Training Programme, 107 junior caseworkers followed the three EASO Training Curriculum core Modules (Inclusion, Interview Techniques and Evidence Assessment) and participated in a three-day operational training. The latter consisted of training sessions on specific topics such as identification of vulnerable applicants; trafficking in human beings; identification of potential Dublin cases; country of origin information; and identification of potential excludable cases. The operational training also comprised sessions on the national context, as well as tools and templates used in operations in Italy.
  • The EASO Training Curriculum modules were used extensively in Italy during 2018. A total of 24 trainings (online and face-to-face) have been organised in various EASO modules, through which 489 asylum officials have been trained.
  • EASO has also invested in training interpreters deployed in the framework of operations in Italy, in the new training module on ‘Interpreting in the Asylum Context’. The training consisted of a 2-day face-to-face session. A total number of 7 sessions were organised, through which 125 interpreters were trained.
  • Furthermore, as mentioned above, in 2018 as foreseen by the Operating Plan for Italy, 8 operational training session have been organised for immigration police officers tasked with the registration of applications for international protection. Through these trainings a total of 439 immigration police officers were trained.

Operational Training: Italy

 

Ad hoc training support

  • In 2018, EASO also provided other types of training support following requests received from various stakeholders.
  • A tailor-made session on fundamental rights was delivered by EASO to the Libyan Coast Guard in April 2018. The session was followed by 33 officers and constituted a part of the training programme organised for the Libyan representatives by the EUNAVFOR MED.
  • EASO also continued to support the Maltese Office of the Refugee Commissioner. Training in the three core modules were organised on the request of the Maltese authorities, whereas the training in the Dublin Module took place within the regular EASO train-the-trainer session. As a follow-up to the training in the Dublin Module, a study visit for 4 Dublin officers was organised to the Polish Dublin Unit at the beginning of July 2018. The aim was to observe the work of the Dublin Unit and to exchange good practice and experiences with colleagues from other European countries since the Office of the Refugee Commissioner was setting up a Dublin Unit. Moreover, EASO assisted Maltese Immigration Authorities in delivering 4 training sessions during their annual immigration training programme for immigration officers. Immigration officers (border control and field work), civilians and police as well as AFM and Customs officers (stationed at borders or working on border surveillance) were trained. The training covered different topics such as Access to the Asylum Procedure, Fundamental Rights and International Protection in the EU, Interview Techniques, Cultural awareness and Identification of vulnerable persons and victims of human trafficking.
  • Followng the request received from the countries of the Visegrad Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary), EASO was also involved in the design and delivery of a tailor made training programme for officials to be nominated to the EASO Asylum Intervention Pool and eventually deployed in EASO operations. The programme included the full training on the EASO training module “Introduction to International protection” as well as specialised sessions on asylum trends in Europe, asylum systems in Greece and Italy, Dublin procedure and country of origin information. The programme was followed by 28 officials from 4 Visegrad Group countries.
  • In the framework of the roadmap which EASO has signed with the Turkish Directorate General for migration Management (DGMM) EASO has also organised an operational training focused on practical case studies as a follow up to the training, which the Turkish representatives have received in the EASO core modules.

Ad hoc training support: number of participants

Ad hoc training support: number of sessions

Ad hoc training support: types of activities

 

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