The cover of the new guide from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) | Photo: EASO
The cover of the new guide from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) | Photo: EASO

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has published a document titled 'Country Guidance: Nigeria,' which contains an evaluation of the situation in Nigeria and key elements for granting international protection to asylum seekers from the country.

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) recently published its latest booklet 'Country Guidance: Nigeria' a document that presents an evaluation of the situation in Nigeria by senior officials from EU member states. The guidance, the second published by EASO after the pilot 'Country Guidance: Afghanistan,' represents "an important step in consolidating the efforts of Member States to develop common analysis and guidance regarding the principle countries of origin", EASO said in a statement. 

A tool to support the examination of asylum requests

EASO said the document is intended as a tool for policy-makers and decision-makers in the context of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and aims to assist in the examination of applications for international protection, and, ultimately, to foster convergence in the decision-making practices of member states.The guidance reflects the assessment of a network of senior-level policy officials from member states and associated countries, and takes into account the input of the European Commission and the UNHCR. 

The guidance provides an in-depth analysis of the situation in Nigeria, focusing on all key elements of qualification for international protection. It looks into the relevant actors of persecution or serious harm; 16 different profiles of applicants, encountered in the caseload, and their potential qualification for refugee status; and the applicability of subsidiary protection. 

Furthermore, it assesses the ability and willingness of the authorities in Nigeria to provide protection and analyzes the availability of internal protection alternatives within the country. In its final chapter, the guidance highlights some aspects relevant to the potential exclusion of those who may be found not to be 'deserving' of international protection. 

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