This survey provides a comparative overview of the provision of legal aid for asylum seekers in 19 countries across Europe. It gathers information not only on the role and tasks of those advising, assisting and representing asylum seekers but also on related aspects of the asylum procedure. The research reveals positive developments in the provision of legal aid as well as restrictions on access to legal advice and representation in practice. In conclusion, ECRE/ELENA provide recommendations to improve the provision of legal aid for asylum seekers in Europe.Chapter one introduces the study and its methodology. Chapter two discusses the international and regional standards for legal aid. Chapter three presents the findings of the survey and is broken down as follows:
- Structure of the Legal Aid System
- Legal Aid Providers
- Access to Legal Aid
- The Role of Legal Aid in the Asylum Procedure
- Legal aid in Specific Asylum Procedures
- Monitoring Mechanisms for Legal Aid Providers
Chapter 4 "provides a detailed synopsis of the national practice in each of the countries surveyed under a list of selected themes." Four annexes are also included.