OUR PROJECTS

Athens Clinic

 

  • We provide free legal advice and representation to people seeking asylum or family reunification in Europe. 

  • In Greece, the legal landscape is complex but there is no, or insufficient, state funded legal support for asylum seekers, meaning that they face insurmountable barriers to accessing justice. 

  • Our Athens clinic delivers legal support through our local legal team, who support the preparation and submission of asylum claims, including accompanying clients to their interviews and taking on emergency interview preparation for clients who are invited to attend their interviews at extremely short notice.

  • We receive large numbers of queries on social media and text messages and provide signposting, referrals and general information to the individuals who reach out to us through these channels.  

  • Our dedicated team in Athens also prepares info sheets and delivers info sessions and training for people in need of legal support and for staff teams of peer organisations in refugee camps, online and in other locations. 

  • For casework enquiries contact - coordinator@refugeelegalsupport.org

 

 

 

 

Our Islands Pilot Project 

  • We provide research and casework support in collaboration with the Legal Centre Lesvos. The Legal Centre assists clients with the Greek asylum procedure, while we identify and address the legal implications of Brexit for family reunification to the UK and facilitate case referrals between the islands, our Athens clinic and Family Reunion From Europe (FRFE) project. 

  • This is a vital project as there is a disconnect between legal organisations on mainland Greece and the islands, creating delays and confusion for asylum seekers. 

  • We also raise awareness among refugee communities and other legal actors and scope opportunities for strategic litigation to remove barriers to family reunification and advocate for system change in the UK and Greece.

  • Any queries or requests for input please email coordinator.lesvos@refugeelegalsupport.org  

 

 

 

 

Family Reunion From Europe (FRFE) Project

  • The FRFE Project was launched at the beginning of 2021. The FRFE is delivered in collaboration with six leading commercial law firms in London. The project aims at utilising pro bono capacity to help with family reunion work for applicants in Europe with family members in the UK following the Dublin Regulations coming to an end in December 2020.  The work of the project will also feed into strategic efforts by RLS and others in the sector to influence policy and decision making around replacements for the Dublin regime post-Brexit. The project is funded until February 2021 and there is possibility of extension.

  • The FRFE Project has focused on securing Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) for family reunion cases, preparing comprehensive referral packages to maximise the prospect of successful referral to legal aid providers. Exceptionally, if following a grant of ECF it is not possible to place cases with a legal aid provider, firm pro bono lawyers undertake the entry clearance applications supervised by the FRFE Casework Supervisor.

  • For casework enquiries contact - coordinator.uk@refugeelegalsupport.org

Our Advocacy

  • From January 2019 RLS has focussed media and advocacy efforts on awareness raising around the urgent issues raised by Brexit for refugees in Europe hoping to be reunified with family members in the UK. 

  • With other UK-based organisations active in the sector RLS has contributed to and co-signed letters to UK and European governments and organisations  - a comprehensive list can be found here: https://www.refugeelegalsupport.org/news 

  • RLS contributes to UK mainstream and sector media outputs on matters that relate to particularly refugees in Greece  - such input supporting organisations involved in strategic litigation efforts.

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