AIDAThe Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection across 20 countries. The Irish Refugee Council are members of ECRE and are responsible for updating the report on Ireland. 

This includes 17 European Union (EU) Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom) and 3 non-EU countries (Switzerland,  Serbia, Turkey).

The overall goal of the database is to contribute to the improvement of asylum policies and practices in Europe and the situation of asylum seekers by providing all relevant actors with appropriate tools and information to support their advocacy and litigation efforts, both at the national and European level. These objectives are carried out by AIDA through the following activities:

Country reports

AIDA contains national reports documenting asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection in 20 countries. The most recent update of the report for Ireland, from February 2019, is here.

Comparative reports

AIDA comparative reports provide a thorough comparative analysis of practice relating to the implementation of asylum standards across the countries covered by the database, in addition to an overview of statistical asylum trends and a discussion of key developments in asylum and migration policies in Europe.  Now AIDA comparative reports are published in the form of thematic updates, focusing on the individual themes covered by the database. Recent reports include: 

Asylum authorities: An overview of internal structures and available resources, 11 October 2019

Housing out of reach? The reception of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe, 27 May 2019

Access to protection in Europe: The registration of asylum applications, 11 October 2018

Access to protection in Europe: Borders and entry into the territory, 11 October 2018

Legal briefings

Legal briefings aim to bridge AIDA research with evidence-based legal reasoning and advocacy. With the assistance of information gathered from country reports, these short papers identify and analyse key issues in EU asylum law and policy and identify potential protection gaps in the asylum acquis. Legal briefings so far cover: (1) Dublin detention; (2) asylum statistics; (3) safe countries of origin; (4) procedural rights in detention; (5) age assessment of unaccompanied children; (6) residence permits for beneficiaries of international protection; (7) the length of asylum procedures; (8) travel documents for beneficiaries of international protection; and (9) a statistical update on the Dublin system.

For more information on the database, please contact the European Council on Refugees and Exiles