(Brussels) There are “law obligations” that must be respected with regards to anyone seeking international protection in a country. This is what the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) recalls in a statement today, in response to the recent publication of the 2019 Asylum report by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). The report shows that 664,480 applications were lodged in the EU28 in 2018, that is, 10% less than in 2017. A third of the applications concerned minors. Three-fourths of applications were lodged in Germany, France, Greece, Italy and Spain, but the top five application-receiving countries per capita were Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg. 39% of all applications lodged were accepted (down 7% compared to 2017). “International protection is a concrete solidarity tool towards those persons who are suffering persecutions or violence in their own country”, COMECE recalls, encouraging “EU Member States to place human dignity at the center of their asylum policies and judicial/administrative decisions”.