Ecre launches report on Access to Quality Legal Assistance for Unaccompanied Children

Report shows that even when assistance is provided, quality could be affected by factors like limited funding or the absence of interpretation

The Right to Justice project looked at the issue of access and quality of legal assistance for unaccompanied children in various migration and asylum procedures in 7 countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Spain and the UK). The comparative report highlights that unaccompanied children face a number of obstacles in accessing legal assistance, such as a lack of information, or a lack of support.

The crucial role of guardians informing and supporting children in accessing legal assistance was evident from the research, but if guardians are not appointed quickly or if they have heavy workloads this can negatively impact children’s access to legal assistance.

Despite a number of positive initiatives and individual good practices, the report shows that even when assistance is provided, quality is affected in a number of countries by systemic factors, such as limited funding or the absence of interpretation.

More information here.

Click here to read and download the report.