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Facilitating access to social protection for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers through Law Clinics

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Marta Gionco , Luiza Guimaraes , Samia Kaziaoul , valérie schmitt , Ulrich Stege , Maya Stern Plaza , Clara van Panhuys

 

ILO-ITCILO-ENCLE Partnership

Facilitating access to social protection for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers through Law Clinics

Europe has been experiencing an increase of migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers in recent years attracting international attention. Though rights-holding human beings subject to the international human rights framework, these persons experience human rights violations in their destination countries including in accessing economic and social rights. Access to social protection in particular can address their basic and longer term needs and provide more sustainable and cost effective solutions to often extended situations. As part of their mandates, and within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and most particularly Goals 1 and 8, the ILO and its International Training Centre have teamed up with the European Network for Clinical Legal Education to help local actors provide a very critical and timely response to the precarious situation of the rising number of migrants and refugees. Within the framework of interested European university law clinics, the objective of this project is to establish a solid evidence base on migrant, asylum seekers and refugees rights and to facilitate access to social protection through local organizations.

The idea of the partnership is to fill knowledge gaps through research on the rights of regular and irregular migrants and asylum seekers or refugees to social protection and the right to work in Europe. Practical material will be developed based on this research and made available and applied at the local level through existing civil society organizations in Turin working with migrants and refugees. The partnership will therefore further serve to promote learning and knowledge sharing.

As such, the overall objectives of this partnership (between the ILO, ITC and ENCLE and interested university law clinics and other local actors) are the following:

 

  1. establish a solid evidence base as regards migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers’ access to decent work and social protection in Europe;

 

  1. develop practical guidance and material for concrete application by local actors that responds  to actual expressed needs and specific circumstances; and

 

  1. increase better access to decent work and social protection of migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.

 

 

The International Labour Organization (ILO)  –  International Training Centre (ITC/ILO) -  and the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) Partnership will link:

  1.  European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) is a European Network of persons, universities, law clinics and NGOs committed to achieving justice through education. It aims to bring together persons, universities, law clinics and NGOs from different countries, who exchange perspectives and work collaboratively from a variety of legal, educational and organizational settings in order to promote justice and increase the quality of law teaching through Clinical Legal Education (CLE). ENCLE will promote the exchange of perspectives as well as share knowledge and best practices

  2. ITC/ILO’s experience in developing training tools in particular in the field of development and the world of work;

  3. ILO’s expertise in providing advisory services to countries on extending social protection to migrants in line with international labour standards.

For more details see the Concept Note, the Flyer and the Video.