The Legal Aid Office advises and supports asylum seekers in the Basel region in order to ensure a fair asylum procedure, as the rejection of an application could pose a serious threat to the lives of victims of political persecution or war refugees. HEKS/EPER therefore keeps a close watch and offers legal aid if need be.
Individual and professional counsel
Asylum seekers often speak none of our national languages and are unfamiliar with the Swiss way of life and legal system. They therefore cannot always clearly explain the background to their plight, and this could jeopardize their human rights. Legal advisers ensure that refugees can form a realistic picture of their situation. Asylum seekers are given legal advice during their procedures and are assisted in developing new prospects for the future. Legal advisers file appeals when refugee status is at issue, when there are procedural errors or if the candidate is served an unreasonable removal order. When a negative decision is appealed, the asylum seeker is assisted until the final decision is taken.