After three years of successful work on Lesvos, ELIL is extending its operations to the Greek island of Samos. Vathy camp hosts almost 7,000 asylum seekers, ten times its official capacity. No state-provided support is available to them ahead of their all-important asylum interview. Your contribution can help our staff and volunteers uphold the rule of law, defend human rights and ensure meaningful access to legal aid on the island. Donations are tax deductible in the UK, US and Germany.
There are over 7,000 asylum seekers on the Greek island of Samos, most of whom have fled Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq in search of safety from war and persecution. Almost all of them live in Vathy camp, with an official capacity of just 700. There is no state-provided legal aid available before the critical interview that determines whether or not they will be granted asylum. The only way an asylum seeker can receive legal assistance at this time is through one of the very few NGOs on the island.
ELIL proposes to implement a new programme on Samos, based on the model that has proven successful on Lesvos, through which we have assisted over 10,000 people. Our teams of permanent Greek lawyers and volunteer European asylum lawyers offer legal information and assistance to new arrivals, helping them navigate the process, understand their rights and be fully prepared for their asylum interview.
ELIL's work has had a real impact and demonstrates how critically important access to legal assistance can be for asylum seekers: of those we have assisted, 74.5% have been granted asylum, compared to an average of 46.5% in Greece. Through our work, we help uphold the rule of law, defend human rights and ensure the asylum procedure is fair, efficient and robust.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).