DLA Piper Luxembourg launches a legal programme for asylum seekers and refugees


Following its successful introduction in Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne, Milan and Vienna earlier this year, DLA Piper is proud to announce the launching of Know Your Rights, a pro bono programme for the legal empowerment of refugees and asylum seekers in Luxembourg.

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The nine-week programme, beginning on the 27th September 2018, aims to empower asylum seekers and refugees by increasing their core legal knowledge and associated soft skills. The firm will provide weekly training on various legal issues and their rights, to help attendees integrate better into society, become better advocates for their own interests, and pursue their professional and personal goals.

DLA Piper's lawyers and commercial clients including Amazon, BNP Paribas and Merck are teaching the classes. The programme receives also the support of NGO partners including ASTI, Red Cross, Caritas, UNHCR , Passerell, RYSE and the University of Luxembourg.

The topics taught include asylum & immigration law, employment law, education, housing health law, negotiation skills, Luxembourg judicial system, contract law, and entrepreneurship.

DLA Piper's Country Managing Partner in Luxembourg, Catherine Pogorzelski, said: "Know Your Rights has already delivered incredibly positive outcomes for refugees in the countries where it has been launched. We look forward to supporting the 20 newcomers on their journey with us on the programme, and to help them to use the content of this training to achieve their personal goals. I'm really proud to see the involvement of our lawyers and clients in this programme."

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