During June 2016, the first team of students and lawyers from different rlcs were deployed to Chios. The first tasks were to understand the legal situation, gather information and establish contacts to authorities and NGOs. This allowed us to start giving legal information on family reunification to Germany and assisting with the procedure as well as giving information on admissibility interviews and the possibility of appeal.
National and EU authorities, NGOs and last but not least, applicants for international protection (refugees) overwhelmingly welcomed our initiative and actively supported our work.
The outcome of the pilot project in short:
There is an urgent need for legal information among applicants for international protection (refugees). rlc abroad is willing and able to fill this gap in close cooperation with Greek lawyers.
We gathered the experience we need for our further planning and established a trustful relationship with actors on the ground.