We provide free, independent legal assistance to asylum seekers on Lesvos


European Lawyers in Lesvos gGmbH (“ELIL”) is an independent, charitable non-profit organisation.

Our team of Greek asylum lawyers and volunteer European asylum lawyers provide free, independent legal assistance to asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesvos. Our lawyers support, and work closely with, their colleagues from the Greek Bar Associations.

There are currently more than 8,500 asylum seekers on Lesvos, the majority of whom are from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. Many of these often severely traumatised, ill or injured people have a limited understanding about their legal rights, the complex and ever-changing asylum process and the criteria applied when their applications are assessed. Many attend their asylum interview without having spoken to a lawyer and may be unaware of the possibility of reunification with their family in other EU member states.

We believe that every asylum seeker should be able to receive free legal assistance, from an independent lawyer with experience in asylum law, before their asylum interview. Through our activities, we aim to provide this free legal assistance to as many asylum seekers as possible on Lesvos.