Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

France Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by France. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

w2eu.info - Welcome to Europe

Email: contactatw2eu [dot] info or w2eu_infoatyahoo [dot] com

This hyperlink -w2eu.info - leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries. 

La Cimade

National Headquarter: 91 rue Oberkampf 75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 18 60 59
Fax: +33 (0)1 45 56 08 59
Email: infosatlacimade [dot] org

The organisation has local offices providing legal assistance in most regions of France. See here for contact information per region. The Cimade defends the dignity and rights of refugees and migrants. It also provides social support and intervenes in eight detention centres in France.

La Cimade défend la dignité et les droits des personnes réfugiées et migrantes. Elle tient aussi des permanences de droits des étrangers,  et intervient dans huit centres de rétention en France.

ANAFÉ "Association Nationale d'Assistance aux Frontières pour les Etrangers"

(National association for border aid for foreigners)

21 ter rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris
Tel/Fax :  +33 (0)1 43 67 27 52
Helpline:  +33 (0)1 42 08 69 93 
Email: contactatanafe [dot] org

Anafé is promoting and defending the rights of migrants who are or who have been in difficulties at the French border, or who are being detained in waiting zones.

Anafé agit en faveur des droits des étrangers qui se trouvent ou se sont trouvés en difficultés aux frontières françaises ou en zone d’attente.

Cabane Juridique Calais

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The Legal Shelter is an organisation fighting for an equal access to rights, supporting migrants in Calais and elsewhere. The organisation is made up of lawyers and legal experts, specialised in French asylum legislation. 

La Cabane Juirdique est une association qui lutte pour l'acces aux droits, elle soutient les migrants à Calais et ailleurs. L'association est composée des avocats et des juristes spécialisés en droits des étrangers et droit d'asile.

Forum réfugiés-Cosi

28 rue de la Baïsse, CS 71054, 69612 Villeurbanne Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)4 78 03 74 45
Email: directionatforumrefugies [dot] org
Contact person: Anne-Lise Devaux (Communication Officer)
Email: communicationatforumrefugies [dot] org 

Forum refugiés-Cosi is a non-profit organisation working in refugee reception centres to defend the right to asylum and promote the rule of law. The organisation is the result of a fusion in May 2012 between Forum réfugiés and Cosi–promouvoir et défendre les droits. Forum refugiés-Cosi also intervenes in detention centres in Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Nîmes, Perpignan and Sète. See here for local contact information. 

Forum réfugiés-Cosi est une association sans but lucratif œuvrant pour l'accueil des réfugiés, la défense du droit d'asile et la promotion de l’état de droit, issue de la fusion en mai 2012, des associations Forum réfugiés et Cosi–promouvoir et défendre les droits.

GISTI  "Groupe d'information et de soutien des immigré.e.s"

3 villa Marcès, 75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 14 84 84
Helpline: +33 (0)1
Email: gistiatgisti [dot] org
Due to Covid-19, Consultations are now made via phone. Hours: Monday-Friday 15:00-18:00, Wednesday and Friday also 10:00-12:00

GISTI specialises in immigration and asylum law. It provides legal aid services to migrants and refugees, publishes topical publications, and collaborates with partner organisation to promote the rights of migrants and refugees.

Le Gisti est spécialisé en droit des étrangers et droit d’asile. L’organisation tient une permanence juridique pour les migrants et les refugiés, publie des dossiers thématiques et collabore avec des organisations partenaires pour promouvoir les droits des migrants et des refugiés. 


GAMS France 

Avenue Gambetta, 51, Paris, 75020, France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 434 81087
Fax: +33 01 43 48 00 73

GAMS works with victims of FGM/C, forced child marriage and gender-based violence and offers free and anonymous counselling to victims. They also run training programmes and advocacy networks.

Institut en Santé Génésique

20 rue Armagis, 78100, Saint Germain en Laye, France

The institute aims to collect statistical data on all forms of violence against women. It trains professionals in determining different types of violence (physical, sexual, psychological, economic) that occurred in family settings, communities or are tolerated by the state. General and specialist doctors, social workers, jurists, lawyers, people from the civil society address the victims of violence in our institute. Their hotline is active from Monday to Friday and enables the victims to consult directly doctors, nurses, psychologists, legal and social assistants.