Efficient legal aid for refugees and migrants in Bulgaria

Project facts

Project promoter:
Center for Legal Aid Voice in Bulgaria(BG)
Project Number:
In implementation
Initial project cost:
Other Project Partners
Foundation for access to rights(BG)

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The increased influx of refugees and migrants to Bulgaria over the last couple of years has drawn attention to the importance of respecting the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Even though Bulgaria has ratified the main international legislative tools and has transposed the EU Directives regarding international protection and migration, observations of field work as well as the reports of international observers show that there is serious shortage regarding respect for human rights. Practices violating human rights such as push-backs from the territory and refusal to give access to the asylum procedure, detention in migration facilities at odds with the principles of necessity and proportionality, deportation carried out without risk assessment and in a humiliating and inhuman manner and asylum procedures without an assessment of the individual circumstances are common and extensively documented. Legal aid that is not provided efficiently enough is an important reason for challenged access to justice of refugees and migrants in Bulgaria. Even though access to legal aid is laid down by the law, in practice it is provided partially, incidentally, limited to certain groups and case types and in a fragmented manner. Legal aid not limited to purely refugee and migrant issues such as labour or family law is not provided. The project aims to provide legal aid (counselling, representation before administrative institutions and courts) to direct beneficiaries, i.e. asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, and advocacy before the target groups, i.e. officials working with them and judges and thus contribute to better respect for human rights in individual cases as well as to a change in institutional and court practices and legislation.

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