Asylum Aid

ASYLUM AID

You are an asylum seeker needing help ?      

Due to Covid-19 and the new lockdown our legal clinic is now working online. 
To get an appointement send us

 - an email at : asylum.aid@refugeehelp.fr 

- a message at: +33 7 49 67 92 73





⟶ Useful links : 
1. GISTI ( find specialized legal clinics) 



2. Watizat (Monthly updated guide with all information for asylum seekers and refugees in Paris) 

You want to know more about our actions ?  


Our Mobile Clinics (Maraudes Juridique)


Our mobile teams consist of volunteers trained in the French asylum seeking process and translators. This team organises mobile street clinics, making rounds around north Paris to meet homeless asylum seekers and refugees. During these street rounds, volunteers distribute informative documents on the asylum seeking process, answer various questions on issues encountered, and where applicable, redirect cases towards legal clinics where lawyers are freely accessible.




Our Legal Clinic (Permanence Juridique)


Our legal clinic is composed of volunteers specifically trained in the drafting of asylum seeker’s ‘personal story’, required within their asylum request application. Volunteers also help asylum seekers prepare their interview with the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, a key step in the asylum process. Once a week, in La Maison des Initiatives Étudiantes' offices, our team welcomes asylum seekers whose interviews are soon due, and walks them through the interview process, going over their personal story, and coaching them so as to best prepare them for this crucial and life-determining step.




Housing Centres


Composed of over a dozen active members, the asylum aid team dedicated to housing centres currently intervenes in four housing centres in Paris: the Albin Peyron residence, the Boulogne center, the Pré St Gervais center and La Promesse de l'Aube. All interventions are done with the centre’s accord, and within a wider partnership with the organisation running them (e.g. Association Aurore, who runs both CHUs). The aim of these partnerships is to:


  • Ensure a better access to rights for asylum seekers and recognised refugees. Due to language barriers, and the complexity of relevant administrative procedures, many individuals lack information on their rights and responsibilities in France. Our work therefore focuses on providing each person with an overview of their rights in France, and informing them of the different procedures they are responsible for.


  • Monitor certain, individual cases; housing centres often welcome a  high number of residents, without necessarily having those human resources necessary for individual follow-ups. Our work seeks to remedy this gap, complementing their work and offering them support on certain, complex cases, or  accompaniments to administrative offices.



Contact us! Write to asylum.aid@refugeehelp.fr

Isabel Diez
Asylum Aid Coordinator