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Lawyers providing legal info to people fleeing the war in Ukraine

The Council of Europe reported that its HELP Programme set up Asylum/Migration HELP e-Desks for lawyers or other legal professionals assisting people fleeing the war in Ukraine, including the practical application of the EU Temporary Protection Directive.

The CoE noted that there are HELP e-Desks operational and adapted to the national context in Ukraine as well as in Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain. They are already connecting a network of 1000 lawyers and other legal and asylum professionals in Europe.

Migration Help Desk
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All HELP e-desks are all accessible at the Council of Europe HELP e-platform.

Migrants are in urgent need of legal advice and information in these difficult times. Adequate legal information and support is crucial for those persons in need and this advice should be given by informed, qualified and experienced legal practitioners, the more considering the dearth of jurisprudence on the issue of temporary protection. That's why this initiative is helping those people in need in may ways.

These e-Desks were initiated by the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme of the Council of Europe and is largely funded by the EU. It is being coordinated with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), particularly its Migration Committee.