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Legal Aid Scheme: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL4994, tabled on 2 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reintroduce legal aid for refugee family reunion cases.

Answered on

16 June 2020

Legal aid for refugee family reunion may be available under the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme, where failure to provide legal aid would mean there is a breach or a risk of breach of the individual’s human rights, and subject to means and merits tests.

Last year we amended the scope of legal aid so that separated migrant children are able to receive civil legal aid for applications by their family members and extended family members. This includes entry clearance, leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK, made under the immigration rules or outside the rules on the basis of exceptional circumstances or compassionate and compelling circumstances.