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North East Refugee Law Project

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North East Refugee Law Project – Supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees to access legal advice to enforce their human rights

The introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) and the Immigration Act 2014 have had a huge impact on both legal rights and access to legal advice for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Immigration and Asylum Law remains an important priority for North East Law Centre.

The North East Refugee Law Project (NERLP) was initially a partnership between North East Law Centre and Justice First in Stockton on Tees. Originally funded by Northern Rock Foundation and the Future Advice Providers Fund, the project in now funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation until 2019. The project offers a range of legal services to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the North East of England who need help with immigration and asylum law but are unable to access this under Legal Aid.

This project offers legal advice and casework to refugee and asylum seeker clients who are not able to get Legal Aid to assist them in three distinct areas:

•Fresh Claims for Asylum

•Asylum Appeals

•Family Reunion

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