In Athens, we offer legal aid and strategic litigation with regard to family reunification to other EU member states.
Family reunion under the Dublin III Regulation is severely restricted by transnational illegal administrative agreements and practices. Transnational administrative agreements are concluded between Greece and Germany in a so called informal manner so as to avoid any legal review of the legality of these agreements. However, the Dublin III Regulation grants subjective rights to asylum seekers, as has been decided by the European Court of Justice. These legally granted rights, in particular the right to family life, must be enforced. Transnational administrative practices which disregard the Dublin III Regulation and violate the right to family life are unacceptable. Providing access to legal review is key to address this issue.
In order to enforce the right to family life as granted under EU legislation, we provide legal assistance and support from the identification of potential family reunion cases on the island of Chios until the actual transfer to the responsible member state.
Our presence in Athens allows us to follow up on our cases from Chios once the concerned person is transferred to the Greek mainland. In addition, we receive referrals from our Greek colleagues for cases of family reunification under the Dublin III Regulation. After an assessment of the case, we file interim measures to German administrative courts in certain cases. This strategic litigation in Germany is part of our work to enforce the rights of asylum seekers arriving at the EU external border.
In cooperation with our Berlin office, Athens office handles litigation cases in which the German Dublin Unit has unlawfully rejected a take-charge request. Of course, we cannot guarantee that the legal proceedings will be successful.
Please send us your cases in which the family unit is unlawfully prevented to firstname.lastname@example.org using the referrall form provided.