EASO Training Curriculum – a common training programme within asylum
In the work to achieve harmonization of asylum systems in the EU there have been efforts to build a common training program for case workers and decision-makers, EASO Traning Curriculum (formerly called European Asylum Curriculum, EAC). Starting originally as an initiative from Sweden this is now operated and updated by the European organ European Asylum Support Office (EASO).
EASO provides training and develops training materials in support of the enhancement of quality and harmonization in the area of asylum, ultimately contributing to the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).
The cornerstone of EASO training activities is the EASO Training Curriculum that covers core aspects of the asylum procedure in interactive modules by combining online e-learning format and face to face sessions, providing both theoretical and practical approach to training.
The web based part of the training is on-line and may be done at home or at the office. This is the more theoretical part and includes a number of tests and assignments that the participants shall do. During the face to face sessions colleagues meet and are trained by a certified trainer where they will do more advanced cases and have discussions and tests based on authentic cases.
Modules are regularly updated and new modules are also added. During 2014 two new modules are to be finalized: Management (April 2014) and Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation (December 2014).
The 13 modules that currently are in operation are:
- International Refugee Law and Human Rights
- Common European Asylum System
- Inclusion (Refugee and Subsidiary protection)
- Interview Techniques
- Evidence Assessment
- Country of Origin Information (COI)
- Interviewing Children
- Dublin Regulation
- Asylum Procedure Directive
- Drafting and Decision-Making
- End of Protection
- Interviewing Vulnerable Persons
The EAC-pilot – international cooperation in the Prague Process
The pilot project ‘Quality and training in the asylum processes’ is implemented within the framework of the Prague Process Targeted Initiative (EU funded and part of EU External Dimension). The pilot project is led by Sweden (Swedish Migration Agency) with the support of Germany (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees; BAMF) in close cooperation with EASO and UNHCR. The pilot project aims at exploring the possibility of a broader implementation of the training program of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in the Eastern neighbouring countries of the EU, Kyrgyzstan in the South East as well as Turkey.
The project will explore the training needs in the partner countries; identify areas where the EU MS could provide support and assess how information and best practices could be shared between the countries. National trainers (of seven partner countries) selected by relevant country authorities will have the opportunity to be provided with training following the concept, while a pilot group of asylum officers and decision makers will receive content training in the Inclusion module, translated into Russian and Turkish.