Centralising resources for refugee legal aid, globally.

Welcome to the Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee or migrant? Words matter

As the refugee crisis in Europe continues, the words ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ are being splashed across media front pages worldwide. But what is the difference between a refugee and a migrant?  

The Rights in Exile Programme promotes the legal protection of refugees, globally. We do this by centralizing resources for legal assistance providers and refugees themselves. Legal aid is in its infancy in most of the world, but is crucial to the realisation of refugees’ rights, especially the critical first step: recognition of refugee status. Few countries provide legal assistance to refugees, and it is vital that legal service providers share their experiences and assist in the better development of refugee legal protection everywhere. Read more here.

Objectives of the Rights in Exile Programme

The Rights in Exile Programme works to achieve better protection of refugee rights by networking legal assistance providers with resources and training, and facilitating access to free legal assistance and information for refugees around the world. We do this through:

A centralised database of contact details of free legal assistance providers in over 230 countries, a database of country of origin experts, our post-deportation monitoring project, and information on legal processes relating to refugees.

Refugee Resources

Contact information for UNHCR offices and free legal assistance providers all over the world.

Other Resources

A selection of publications, films, media contacts, courses, and other tools for improving understanding of refugee circumstances and legal processes.

Special Issues

Resources and contacts on special issues in refugee status determination, including LGBTI, witchcraft accusations, the exclusion clause, gender-based persecution, and other emerging or under-resourced areas.


Specialised distance learning courses on refugee law.


A monthly newsletter highlighting key developments in refugee and asylum law from around the world

We encourage refugee law practitioners to join the discussion.

This website has been designed to accommodate those who only have low-bandwidth internet access; hence no pictures or logos. The exception is our films.

Please contact us with your suggestions, to get involved, or to help us grow our network.