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Right to Justice: Quality Legal Assistance for Unaccompanied Children

December 2012 - July 2014

The Right to Justice project looked at the issue of access and quality of legal assistance for unaccompanied children in various migration and asylum procedures in 7 countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Spain and the UK).

The project was coordinated by ECRE, in partnership with Asylkoordination Austria, the British Refugee Council, the Danish Refugee Council, the Legal Clinic for Refugees and Immigrants in Bulgaria, the Italian Council for Refugees, and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association. UNHCR participated as an associate partner.

The results of the project aim to contribute to a common approach to guarantee unaccompanied children’s right to justice, as well as to raise awareness, and promote good practices and guidance on legal assistance to unaccompanied children among legal advisors and professionals working with separated children.

A comparative report, based on research in the 7 countries covered, and accompanied by guiding principles on quality legal assistance for unaccompanied children and their measuring indicators were published in July 2014. A final conference presenting the results and discussing the principles was held on 7 July 2014 in Brussels.

For more information:
ECRE/ELENA Survey on Legal Aid for Asylum Seekers in Europe, October 2010

With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.

Project documents