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6 April 2022

Hello, and welcome to the news and tools delivery from EDJNet.

This week we are launching our series of investigations on the war in Ukraine. We start with Civio's analysis on how ready the EU asylum systems are to welcome refugees fleeing from violence in the country.

Remaining on the war in Ukraine (but not only), thanks to the Quote Finder you can find out how much the European institutions talk about specific topics; we did a test using the keyword "Ukraine". Find out more in the "Tools and tips" section of the newsletter.

Also, we are expanding our large investigation on Covid-19 and prisons in Europe thanks to a new contribution from our Hungarian partner EUrologus.

Let's dig in.

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Is the EU's asylum system ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees?

Ukrainian refugees now enter the EU under the aegis of the ultra-fast special protection system, but regular reception centres across the Union are piling up hundreds of thousands of applications and rejecting many. EU members states' asylum systems average more than 15 months of delay, Civio reports.

  • At the end of 2021, EU member states had around 760,000 asylum applications pending resolution, which are equivalent to the number of applications made in the last 15 months.
  • Of these pending asylum applications, more than 264,000 were in Germanymore than 145,000 in France and more than 100,000 in Spain.
  • Ukrainian refugees fleeing war can enter the EU under a special protection system which establishes near-automatic asylum. This special fast-track route makes it possible to avoid two traditional problems of asylum applications: the delays and the low percentage of approved applications.
  • However, the lack of resources to accommodate the millions of displaced people from Ukraine poses serious risks.
Read the article >

Other stories

Hungarian prisons still take an austere approach

Laszlo Arato | EUrologus

The Hungarian prison system has undergone a significant transformation in recent years: prison capacity has been expanded and institutions have been modernised. But imprisonment is only one form of punishment.


Croatia: suicide is a public health issue

Marina Kelava | H-Alter

Croatia has not yet adopted a national suicide prevention strategy, despite the suicide rate recorded in the country being higher than the European and global average.

All our articles can be freely republished or reused. Some are available in Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, and Romanian. Interested? Write to us!

Our pick


From our partners at the European Data News Hub


Last EU train out of Russia arrives in Helsinki

Just after 7pm on Sunday 27 March, the Allegro express train from St Petersburg pulled into the Finnish capital, marking the closure of the last rail link between Russia and the EU.

Crossroads – French presidential election podcast [#Episode 1]

As France heads into the 2022 presidential election, the fabric of a country that has at times been the envy of Europe is looking tattered. This new podcast from Agence France-Presse takes a look at French society, economy and politics ahead of the elections.

Tools and Tips

The Quote Finder

With the Quote Finder you can not only explore and filter tweets by all members of the European Parliament, but also interactively explore textual contents published by EU-institutions such as press-releases. Available visualisations include time series in order to highlight changes in the relative prominence of certain issues. Here is an example using the keyword "Ukraine":


Explore the Quote Finder >

From the European data journalism community

 Platform  Kohesio
Through this new webpage recently launched by the DG for Regional and Urban Policy of the EU Commission, everyone can browse over 1.5 million projects and find out how the Cohesion Policy contributes to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion in the EU.
👉 Explore it at this link.

 Course  Advanced collaborative journalism
CIJI is offering a free hybrid interactive course with lectures and practical exercises geared at teaching the necessary skills to organise and coordinate an international team of journalists, to safely and securely collaborate on cross-border investigations. Participants will have the chance to apply for production funding for up to €5,000.
👉 The deadline for applications is 15 April. More information here.

 Conference  #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2022
The conference will cover many topics related to journalism and will give participants the opportunity to improve their skills on data journalism, financial investigations, Open Source investigationsenvironmental investigations, and much more.
👉 Bookings have opened on 4th April and the Conference 2022 will take place on 29-30 June at Goldsmiths, University of London. More information and programme here.

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