Help us defend the rights of those fleeing persecution and seeking safety in Europe.
ECRE is best placed to improve the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. The members of our Alliance provide assistance to refugees in 30 countries accross Europe. By supporting us you contribute to strengthening our Alliance and keep the pressure on governments to give asylum-seekers and refugees in Europe a fair deal.
Why is the work of ECRE important?
The European Institutions are now in charge of deciding on the laws affecting asylum seekers. In order to improve the situation of asylum seekers and refugees, be they in Britain, Italy, Greece or Lithuania, you need to improve the rules decided in Brussels. That is what ECRE does.
Do you want to learn more about our work?
THINKS about better ways to help asylum seekers and how to face current and future challenges. Did you wonder what will happen to people leaving their countries due to climate change? ECRE is part of the debate.
CHANGES policies. This is our daily work. We speak to the Commission, Members of the European Parliament, Representatives of member states and decision-makers. Most importantly, we aim to convince them to adopt policies that respect the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers.
LISTENS to the people in need of protection and the people working every day with them and channel these concerns to the decision makers.
SUPPORTS organisations and individuals assisting refugees all over Europe. ECRE provides training to lawyers accross Europe who are defending the rights of asylum seekers.
ENGAGES with the public debates on refugee and asylum issues. ECRE actively works with its members, the media and refugees to bring about positive thinking on these issues. For example, ECRE coordinates the pan-European Umbrella March in eight countries.
"Everywhere was very dangerous and when I fought in Afghanistan that was better than that journey which I came here. I was very scared and everywhere was very dangerous." Merzaed
How do we help people like Merzaed?
It is pointless to have an efficient asylum system in place if it is being inaccessible for asylum seekers. With hardly any legal routes into Europe, those seeking international protection are forced to resort to dangerous and irregular means of entering the EU. Many are suffering horrific violence and human rights abuses along the way.
ECRE works to have fairer border controls, which do not force people to risk their lives crossing seas or taking dangerous routes. For example, ECRE and Amnesty International are pushing for the new regulation of the European Border Agency (Frontex) to have more guarantees for people applying for asylum.
"I close my eyes and I see the chain of events. I see all the faces who supported me from the very first appointment to the most important day of my life: the day I received the refugee status – the day I regained my civil and human rights” A.S.
How do we help people like A.S.?
The right to asylum is meaningless if the procedural mechanisms established to guarantee that right are absent, inadequate or inaccessible. In some countries A.S. would not have had the opportunity to be recognized as a refugee. Currently, the procedural standards in the different Member States vary enormously, leading to unfair situations whereby an asylum seeker has much more chance of being recognised as a refugee in one country than in another.
ECRE works to have fairer asylum procedures everywhere in Europe in order to allow people to receive protection wherever they are in Europe. For example, ECRE is pushing the EU to adopt a better Asylum Procedures.