European Council on Refugees and Exiles

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European Council on Refugees and Exiles
Servicespolicy initiatives, research, advocacy, capacity building
FieldsPromote protection and integration of refugees
99 member organisations
Key people
Catherine Woollard (Secretary General)

Established in 1974, ECRE is a European network of 104 NGOs in 41[1] European countries. It protects and advances the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. Its diverse membership ranges from large international NGOs with global scope to small organisations of dedicated activists; members work on humanitarian relief, social service provision, legal assistance, litigation, monitoring policy and law, advocacy, and campaigning.

ECRE’s work covers four main activities:

Legal support and strategic litigation

ECRE is a reference for asylum law professionals across Europe, and coordinates the ELENA legal network together with national coordinators in 38 European countries. Our legal support activities are closely connected to the ELENA work and focus on developing various tools for legal professionals in order to assist their litigation and legal counselling work, notably the European Database of Asylum Law, the LEAP Project and Fostering Access to Rights for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Turkey. Our strategic litigation work aims to achieve legal changes ensuring rights of those seeking international protection or benefiting from it at European and national level through proactive, coordinated and needs-based litigation.

Legal and Policy Research

ECRE conducts comparative research and analysis of asylum law and practice in Europe. One of its core research activities is the Asylum Information Database (AIDA), a database containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention in 23 European countries. AIDA contains detailed country reports, comparative reports, fact-finding visits investigating important protection gaps, and legal briefings providing focused analysis of key issues of asylum law and policy.


ECRE seeks to influence EU policy and practice on refugee issues. It prepares papers including its recommendations, provides written analysis, and represents the refugee protection sector in policy processes and policy debates. It works on the Common European Asylum System and EU external policies, including the Accession process, development assistance, foreign policy, and the external impact of internal EU asylum policy (e.g. agreements with countries of origin). In addition ECRE has developed extensive expertise in the situation of refugee children (including the unaccompanied). ECRE’s work on the rights of refugee children webpage serves as a hub providing a central online reference point for collection of project information & deliverables related to children from across the membership and information on EU policy.


ECRE is an established source for journalists. It is regularly quoted in major media outlets and has a large following on social media. In 2014, ECRE conducted its first pan-European media campaign asking for safe and legal access for Syrian refugees.

Member Organisations[edit]

List of ECRE member organisations and associate members organisations in alphabetical order.[2]

aditus Malta
Aitima Greece
Amnesty International - EU Office International Network
Amnesty International Sweden Sweden
Arbeiterwohlfahrt Germany
ASGI Italy
Asilo in Europa italy
Asylkoordination Österreich Austria
Asylum Protection Center Serbia
Belgrade Centre for Human Rights Serbia
British Red Cross United Kingdom
British Refugee Council United Kingdom
Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Bulgaria
Bulgarian Red Cross Bulgaria
Caritas Europa International Network
Caritas Luxembourg Luxembourg
Caritas Sweden Sweden
CCME-CEC International Network
CEAR Spain
Centre for Peace Studies Croatia
Civil Rights Program Kosovo Kosovo
Croatian Law Centre Croatia
Danish Refugee Council Denmark
Diaconia Germany Germany
Diakonie Refugee Service Austria
Dutch Council for Refugees The Netherlands
Estonian Refugee Council Estonia
Finnish Red Cross Finland
Finnish Refugee Advice Centre Finland
Flemish Refugee Action Belgium
Forum Réfugiés-Cosi France
France Terre d'Asile France
Future Worlds Center Cyprus
German Red Cross Germany
Greek Council for Refugees Greece
Grupa 484 Serbia
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Ukraine
Hungarian Helsinki Committee Hungary
ICMC International Network
ICORN Norway
ILPA United Kingdom
International Eurasia Press Fund Azerbaijan
IRCT International Network
Irish Refugee Council Ireland
Italian Council for Refugees Italy
Jesuit Refugee Service - Europe International Network
Jesuit Refugee Service Malta Malta
Lithuanian Red Cross Lithuania
Macedonian Young Lawyers’ Association The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Menedék Hungary
Migrants Resource Centre United Kingdom
NOAS Norway
Norwegian Refugee Council Norway
OPU Czech Republic
Oxfam Italia Intercultura Italy
Pharos The Netherlands
PIC - Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs Slovenia
Portuguese Refugee Council Portugal
Pro Asyl Germany
Red Cross EU international Network
Red Cross Iceland Iceland
Refugee Action United Kingdom
Refugee Rights Turkey Turkey
Rescate Spain
Romanian National Council for Refugees Romania
Scottish Refugee Council United Kingdom
Serbian Red Cross Serbia
Solidarity Now Greece
SOS Children's Villages International Network
Spanish Red Cross Spain
STAR (Student Action for Refugees) United Kingdom
Swedish Red Cross Sweden
Swedish Refugee Advice Centre Sweden
The Centre for Refugee Support Belarus
UAF The Netherlands
United Nations Association of Georgia Georgia
Vaša prava BiH Bosnia and Herzegovina
Verein Projekt Integrationshaus Austria
Caritas Germany Germany
Asam Turkey
Der Partitätische Gesamtverband Germany
International Rescue Committee International Network
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights Poland
Island Panorama Centre Iceland
Memorial Human Rights Centre Russian Federation
MOSAICO – Action for Refugees Italy
Mülteci-Der Turkey
Slovak Humanitarian Council Slovakia
Solentra Belgium
Swiss Refugee Council Switzerland
Passerell Luxembourg
Refugee Rights Association Cyprus
The Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups Sweden

ECRE organisational platforms and outlets:


  1. ^ "European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) |". Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  2. ^ "Membership Agency Contact List". ECRE. Retrieved 2008-06-27.

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