We offer legal support to enforce justice.
Work towards a Human European Asylum Policy
In Berlin, we research and advocate for the rights of people who are subject to the EU hotspot approach, the EU Turkey Deal and illegal administrative practices preventing family unit inside and outside of the EU, as well as on (Dublin) deportations. Legal analysis enables us to advocate for the rights of asylum seekers, and to enforce their rights in individual cases.
Our research on the addresses illegal administrative agreements and practices through advocacy and strategic litigation. Our academic and other publications contribute to raising awareness of the unacceptable violations of fundamental rights of asylum seekers. We regularly give workshops on family reunification under the Dublin III Regulation in Greece and in Germany. The Berlin office supports litigation in Greece and in Germany, including providing legal support to other NGOs.
The EU hotspots and the EU Turkey Deal form another focus of our research. Disentangling policy papers, informal agreements, and national as well as EU asylum law is key to understanding EU externalization policies. Through our continuous presence on the ground in Chios we are aware of the consequences of the implementation of externalization policies. Suffering of human beings in dire conditions instead of an EU providing international protection to those in need. A clear understanding of the legal framework allows to engage in discussion with the relevant political actors.
Work on Family Reunification from Eastern Africa
Since the beginning of this year, we started addressing administrative malpractice in the family reunification processes of family members residing outside the EU. Our current focus lies on families from East Africa but we are planning to expand our work to the Middle East. In a project headed by IRAP, we provide legal aid to the families and will soon be litigating against the illegal practices of embassies from our office in Berlin. While many families have the right to reunite with their loved ones, such rights are often practically not accessible, inter alia due to the increasing requirements of documentation which especially families from East Africa cannot meet.
In all of these fields, we publish reports, raise awareness and further our cause with any legal support required.
We participate in panel discussions, expert tables and engage in a discussion with the relevant political actors. We publish articles in law journals, blogposts and working papers.
We work in close cooperation with our partners in Greece, Germany and on an EU and international level.
Equal Rights Beyond Borders Berlin Office