The foundation for a European asylum policy was established in the 1980s. Today, the European Union has an extensive collection of regulations for the management of migration. A central aim for the future is the creation of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS).
Many people try to enter the European Union when fleeing war or persecution in their own countries or for economic reasons. To meet this challenge more effectively, common legal regulations have been developed for the European Union.
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) based in Malta has the task of strengthening practical co-operation between the EU Member States in the area of asylum as they work together to implement a common asylum system and supporting Member States whose asylum system is under particularly heavly strain.