Samos, an island in the Aegean Sea, is located on the opposite of the Turkish coasts. Its geographical location makes it one of the main entry points for asylum seekers crossing from Turkey to apply for international protection in Europe. In response to the large gap in legal support on the island, Avocats sans Frontières France opened the Samos Legal Center in January 2019 and has been providing independent legal support to the asylum seekers who are under geographical restriction on Samos since then. With the opening of a new ‘closed-controlled’ facility in Samos in September 2021, the first of its kind in the European Union, many organisations left Samos, resulting in the Samos Legal Center becoming one of the only independent legal actors on the island.The team of Greek, international and community volunteers working in cooperation with local actors and partners to ensure access to justice and that the right to seek asylum is protected.
To provide legal assistance to asylum seekers on the Greek island of Samos.
To ensure that people in vulnerable situations receive adequate support tailored to their needs.
To help guarantee the right to seek asylum and protect the fundamental rights of those seekers.
Information and awareness-raising workshops for LBGTI persons, women and international volunteers in Samos
Information and legal advice on the asylum procedure and the different means of action, by phone and in person
Preparation for asylum interviews
Drafting of submissions and memoranda for national, first instance and appeal bodies
Preparation before subsequent application procedures.
Identification and orientation of cases including people in vulnerable situations
The Samos Volunteers organisation together with Choose Love, the L'Oréal Fund for Women, the philanthropist Antonis Schwartz through his Good Move Initiatives foundation and the Yo and Anne-Marie Hamoud Foundation support the Legal Centre project in Samos.