The Asylum Information Database (AIDA)

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention across 23 countries. This includes 17 European Union (EU) Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, United Kingdom) and 3 non-EU countries (Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey).

The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL)

The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database co-ordinated by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and a compilation of summaries of refugee and asylum case law from the courts of 22 EU Member States, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The summaries are published in English and in the relevant Member State’s national language.

The European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA)

The European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA) is a forum of legal practitioners who aim to promote the highest human rights standards for the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons in need of international protection in their daily individual counselling and advocacy work. The ELENA network extends across most European states and involves some 500 lawyers and legal counsellors.


LEAP The Legal exchange and mutual learning between asylum practitioners to promote fundamental rights in the EU (LEAP) project’s main objectives are to promote the collaboration and exchange of information among legal practitioners and decision makers as well as to promote the rights and principles laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights (“the Charter”) in the field of asylum.
Fostering Access to Rights for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Turkey
The ICJ, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Refugee Rights Turkey and Mülteci-Der. European Institutions have joint forces in a two-year project to enhance access to justice for migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Turkey.
No Longer Alone The No longer alone: Advancing Reception Standards for Unaccompanied Children project overall goal was to contribute to the improvement of reception standards for unaccompanied children. It focused on different aspects of five reception models for unaccompanied children in EU Member States assessing good practice and sharing knowledge amongst key stakeholders.
Time for needs Listening, Healing, Protecting. A Joint Action for an Appropriate Assessment of Special Needs of Victims of Torture and Violence With the Time for needs project we want to contribute to the identification of special needs of victims of torture and of extreme violence, in particular women and children, related to the asylum procedures as well as the reception conditions and to the development of harmonized protection standards and practices across the European Union for this vulnerable target group.

Mission Statement

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 95 NGOs protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. Our mission is to promote the establishment of fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law.


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