14 SEP 2010
By Martin Banks ¦ The Parliament
A new report by an EU agency has highlighted "wide discrepancies" in the way member states deal with applications for asylum.
The report, by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), compares asylum seekers' experience in all member states.
It shows, for instance, that in Italy 95 per cent of applications from people from Somalia were accepted while Greece approved only 3.7 per cent.
Britain accepted 19.1 per cent of applications for asylum from Iraqis compared with 78 per cent by the authorities in Italy.
The Vienna-based agency interviewed 900 asylum seekers in all 27 member states about their experience of the asylum procedure.
It is now calling for asylum procedures to be "harmonised and improved".
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