Help refugees in Greece to access legal support.

by Refugee Legal Support - Athens

Help refugees in Greece to access legal support.

by Refugee Legal Support - Athens
Refugee Legal Support - Athens
We are a small team of UK asylum lawyers who send out volunteers to advise refugees in Greece. Our legal clinic is based in Athens and we work with refugee interpreters and Greek NGOs.
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Refugee Legal Support - Athens
We are a small team of UK asylum lawyers who send out volunteers to advise refugees in Greece. Our legal clinic is based in Athens and we work with refugee interpreters and Greek NGOs.
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Latest: Dec. 10, 2018

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We are pleased to announce that from today all donations to the RLS Christmas Appeal will be matched pound for pound.

Yes that’s right! A donation of £25 will become £50, and a don...

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In April 2017 we set up a legal clinic in Athens. Since then, and thanks to all our volunteers and the support we have received so far, we have been able to send out over 60 UK volunteer asylum lawyers. They have advised and assisted over 400 refugees.

There is an acute lack of legal aid and representation for refugees in Greece. Thousands of vulnerable adults and children are left stranded, unaware of their rights, separated from family members, and unable to have their cases heard.

We work with refugee interpreters and Greek NGOs.  Our volunteer lawyers give free expert legal advice, a basic and necessary human right.

Our work has led directly to many of our clients being granted refugee status and many more being reunited with their families in Germany, Switzerland, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway and the UK. 

They have waited months and often years.

We need to continue with this work.  There is a desperate need for it.  Please help us raise funds.                                                                                                                                    

Our work

Since July 2018 we have been hosted by Greek refugee charity, SolidarityNow and work closely with their lawyers. Our clinic is run by our Greek coordinator, who is supported by a UK volunteer.  We train and work with a team of refugee interpreters and have recently hired a Greek lawyer.  Our clients come to us either as walk-ins to the clinic or by referral from other Greek organisations.

A critical aspect of our work is that our continuous flow of UK volunteer asylum lawyers to Athens ensures that the clinic has capacity to take on urgent new cases, which cannot be assisted by Greek lawyers working in the field.

Since we started we have collaborated with many grassroots organisations and community centres in Athens to reach those refugee communities who would otherwise be left without any legal support.

In recognition of our work, in March 2018 we won the LexisNexis Legal Awards Pro BonoAward.

Background

In the summer of 2015, an unprecedented number of refugees and migrants arrived on the shores of Europe. Three years later, the short-term ‘crisis’ has become an enduring nightmare for tens of thousands of people who came to Europe in search of safety.

Under EU law, the Dublin Regulation protects families by providing that refugees with family members in other EU countries are reunited.  Many refugees are unaware of their rights and left to navigate this highly complex system on their own.

It is within this context that providing a high standard of legal advice and support for refugees is essential.

Why we need your help

All donations go towards the running costs of our clinic, our dedicated team of Greek staff and our refugee interpreters. Please help us reach our target of £10,000.

Your donations will make a real difference.  You can read about our work, as told by our clients here.

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Update 2

Refugee Legal Support - Athens

Dec. 10, 2018

Double your impact!

We are pleased to announce that from today all donations to the RLS Christmas Appeal will be matched pound for pound.

Yes that’s right! A donation of £25 will become £50, and a donation of £100 will become £200!

Every donation you make will now go twice as far towards helping us continue our vital work.

We’d like to thank the John Cameron Foundation for its generosity in making this possible. The Foundation supports a range of charities primarily in the areas of human rights, health, education, and disaster relief. 

They have chosen to support RLS because responding to the current refugee crisis is a cause that is particularly close to their heart.

All donations up to £6,000 will be matched.




Update 1

Refugee Legal Support - Athens

Nov. 28, 2018

Thank you and onwards!

Thank you all for your donations to date, which have allowed us to give free legal support to upwards of 50 refugees and their families over the last two months in our legal clinic in Athens. We are enormously grateful for your support.


In this time alone we have helped to reunite several refugee families from Afghanistan, Somalia and Turkey. In many cases they had been separated for years. The support we have given our clients has been essential to achieving these successful outcomes. We advocate on our client’s behalf with the Greek authorities, gather all the evidence needed to present their cases, and ensure they understand the complex legal rules and procedures they are caught up in. This would not have been possible without your help.


We are now fundraising for a stretch target of £30,000 in order to send out more volunteer lawyers to continue our work in the first quarter of 2019. These funds are urgently needed.


We already have several UK lawyers ready to give up their time to volunteer at our clinic in early 2019.


As winter sets in, our clients in Greece are facing even tougher conditions, as many, including unaccompanied children, sleep in parks and squats.


Thousands more refugees are expected to arrive in Athens over the coming weeks as the Greek government transfers people out from overcrowded camps on the islands where the living conditions are dire. Please help us ensure that refugees in Athens are aware of their rights, able to articulate their asylum claims, and ensure that their right to family reunion is respected.

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