Programme description

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:


Completed projects: