— Legal Support —
Adequate access to refugee status determination (RSD) processes and respect for due process standards often depends on newcomers receiving clear guidance on available legal options regarding their immigration or humanitarian status, procedural rules and deadlines, as well as on the availability of shelter and immediate assistance. Legal assistance is key to ensuring that no one is left out or behind in providing international protection.
In particular, with respect to the RSD process, it has been found that cases with legal representation are more likely to succeed. Likewise, it has been demonstrated that the quality of the decision-making process improves, since the contribution of lawyers specialized in refugee law provides additional elements of reflection that result in a better foundation of the decisions and in increasing the efficiency and equity of the process.