The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and its partners the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Forum Réfugiés-Cosi and the Irish Refugee Council have launched the Asylum Information Database (AIDA) website.
The website aims to inform legal practitioners, policy makers, the media, researchers and the general public on asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention of asylum seekers in 14 EU Member States including the UK through country reports, comparative indicators, news, advocacy resources and video testimonies.
Country reports provide an overview of key aspects of the legal framework and practice with regard to the three areas of research by NGO-experts active in the EU Member States concerned. These reports will as of now be updated every six months while the country news sections will report on major developments in those countries occurring in between.
The website also includes an asylum comparator, providing an initial snapshot for the 14 countries on pre-selected topics on the basis of a set of indicators.
Furthermore, the website includes links to advocacy positions of ECRE and its member agencies, information on recent EU developments in the area of asylum and other relevant comparative research on asylum.
A number of video testimonies of asylum seekers and refugees about their experiences when seeking asylum in one of the countries covered in the AIDA research, are included under resources.
The site is part of a project funded by the European Programme on Integration and Migration (EPIM).