Summer is the peak season for irregular migration, and that has in recent years translated into bad headlines for the EU about deaths at sea and harsh conditions on shore.
Over time, if the new European Asylum Support Office (EASO) succeeds, there will be less cause for criticism of the reception of migrants. A counterpart to the EU’s border agency, Frontex, EASO is mandated to help member states improve their treatment of migrants and asylumseekers – as reflected in the creation of a special team to help Greece address persistent problems in its asylum centres.
But the agency, which was established in 2010, is still only in its infancy. How it develops will depend heavily on its director, Robert Visser, a man who had the ear of Dutch prime ministers for three decades.
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I wrote a full profile of Robert Visser, Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office, which was published in the European Voice last week.
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