This Synthesis Report was prepared on the basis of the 2014 Annual Policy Reports from 28 EMN NCPs (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Norway) according to a Common Specifications Template developed by the EMN, to collect information on both a) national policy developments and b) statistical data. The template has been followed by EMN NCPs to ensure, to the extent possible, comparability.
The Annual Policy Reports provided by EMN NCPs aimed at describing the migration and asylum situation and developments in the (Member) State as well as statistical data specifically for the year 2014. National contributions were largely based on desk analysis of existing legislation and policy documents, reports, academic literature, internet resources and reports and information from national authorities and practitioners. Statistics were mainly sourced from Eurostat, national authorities and other (national) databases. The listing of Member States in the Synthesis Report results from the availability of information provided by the EMN NCPs in the National Contributions.
It is important to note that the information contained in this Report refers to the situation in the above-mentioned (Member) States during 2014 and specifically the contributions from their EMN National Contact Points. More detailed information on the topics addressed here may be found in the available 2014 National Policy Reports and it is strongly recommended that these are consulted as well.