Joint Submission on the State of Access to Justice for Migrants in Europe

The ICJ and ECRE have presented today to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants a submission on access to justice for migrants in Europe.

The submission is an input for the forthcoming report of the UN Special Rapporteur on access to justice for migrants to the UN General Assembly.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) have provided a brief overview of aspects of access to justice for migrants, with a particular focus on asylum seekers and migrant children, in European countries.

The issues dealt with include:

  • obstructions to access to justice in relation to access to the territory;
  • the undue use of national security exceptions to weaken access to justice in immigration procedures;
  • concerns with access to justice in expulsion and detention procedures;
  • specific obstacles to access to justice for asylum seekers, including when appealing the rejection of their claims by first instance asylum authorities before a judicial or administrative appeal body;
  •  specific obstacles to access to justice for undocumented minors.

ICJECRE-NonLegalSubmission-SRMigrants-Access2JusticeEurope4Migrants-2018-ENG (download the submission)

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