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High level legal expertise on international protection

NANSEN offers asylum professionals and people in need of international protection :

  • An analysis of the need for protection, the procedure or situation in their country of origin
  • Intervention with asylum authorities
  • Access to a network of legal and non-legal expertise
  • A platform to exchange information and trainings

In Belgium, asylum procedures are becoming more complex and the time taken to appeal is shorter. Quality information and support are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Lawyers and civil society are under pressure. In this context, men and women in need of international protection remain on the sidelines. We are working to make our expertise on international protection accessible.

Visits to detention centres and monitoring in detention

  • NANSEN regularly visits detention centres to meet with detainees and examine their individual needs for international protection;
  • monitor the conditions for access to international protection and make general recommendations to the authorities.

Belgium still systematically detains certain groups of asylum seekers. However, this is not what European law provides for. We ensure a regular presence in detention centres to see who the detainees are and whether their fundamental rights are respected. We provide full and accurate information on their rights to asylum seekers and persons who do not have an ongoing procedure but who may need international protection.

We are working on structural improvements to the right of asylum and respect for human rights

To make a lasting difference, we submit some of our questions and analyses to the judges. We intervened before the European Court of Human Rights in a case involving the credibility of an asylum seeker.

We build bridges between specialists from different backgrounds

NANSEN actively contributes to the development of knowledge on international protection. To this end, NANSEN collaborates with legal and non-legal experts, specialized in different fields.

Decompartmentalization is important to better answer the questions that arise in practice.