The Legal Assistance to Refugees and Migrants Programme was established in 1992. The Programme’s fundamental aim is to provide cost-free legal advice and assistance to migrants and to undertake litigation actions in cases where their rights might be violated. Programme activities also include monitoring of the observance by Polish authorities of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, the provisions of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the European Convention on Human Rights and Polish legislation concerning all migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers. Lawyers and experts working at the Programme prepare opinions to draft legal acts and policy documents concerning migrants, provide trainings on migration law and intercultural communication to various professional groups, including public officials, law enforcement officers, social workers and NGO practitioners both in Poland and abroad. They also conduct research on the situation of migrants in Poland.
The Programme staff cooperates on a permanent basis with European non-governmental organisations active in the field of asylum, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the International Detention Coalition (IDC), as well as with Polish governmental and non-governmental institutions.
Lawyers and experts of the Programme work under the supervision of prof. Irena Rzeplińska.
Migrants seeking free legal consultations can contact the Programme staff in person during duty hours, as well as by phone, e-mail or fax.
Important information: we kindly ask you to send us only photocopies of your documents.
There are 3 projects implemented now:
- Lawyers for refugees V– legal and integration assistance for refugees, financed by European Refugee Fund and the state budget;
- On the side of the dialogue – promoting integration in the host society – legal and integration assistance to migrants and information campaigns, financed by the Europen Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals and the state budget;
- Foreigners’ rights – human rights – migration law trainings for public functionaries, financed by the Europen Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals and the state budget;
- Coming out of the shadows. Examination of the legal, political and social consequences of the 2012 regularisation programme – research project on the 2012 regularisation programme in Poland, financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals and the state budget;
- Transfer of knowledge about migration and integration through a international cooperation network – research and experience sharing project, financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals and the state budget;
- RETURNS. Legal assistance and information for returning migrants– financed by European Return Fund and the state budget;
- Lawyers for refugees IV– legal assistance for refugees, financed by European Refugee Fund and state budget funds;
- Refugee and Migrant Law Clinic;
- Networking on the Qualification Directive;
- Migrants in Poland- information and legal assistance– financed by European Fund for the Integration Third-countries Nationals and state budget funds;
- The creation of a transnational network of advice and assistance for asylum seekers in a Dublin procedure– financed by European Refugee Fund;
- Practices in Interviewing Immigrants: Legal Implications;
- Comparative study on best practices in the field of return of minors;
- Detention at the borders of Europe;
- Obstacle race. Barriers on the way to integration, financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals and the state budget.
- V4 and Western Balkans – sharing knowledge and experience on asylum, financed by the Internationa Visegrad Fund;
- Migration law in Poland – trainings for Ukrainian NGO practitioners, co-financed by the Education for Democracy Foundation in the framework of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s programme “Region in transition”;
- Visegrad Refugee Forum 2015, financed by the International Visegrad Fund.