We provide free, independent legal assistance to asylum seekers on Lesvos
European Lawyers in Lesvos gGmbH (“ELIL”) is an independent, charitable non-profit organisation specialised in asylum law that provides free legal assistance to asylum seekers.
Its team of Greek asylum lawyers and volunteer European asylum lawyers provide free, independent legal assistance to asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesvos. The volunteer lawyers support, and work closely with, their colleagues from the Greek Bar Associations.
There is great uncertainty amongst the currently more than 8,500 asylum seekers on Lesvos about their legal entitlements. Many have a limited understanding of the asylum process, the criteria that are applied and their rights, and 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.