The duty to inform applicants about the asylum procedure and the right to an effective remedy

This factsheet summarises the main points of the two reports 'Access to effective remedies: The asylum-seeker perspective' and 'The duty to inform applicants about asylum procedures: The asylum-seeker perspective'.

The factsheet highlights the following research findings:

  • although Member States provide certain information to applicants, often it does not lead to them understanding their rights and obligations
  • despite the fact that Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union guarantees the right to an effective remedy, many applicants  reported difficulties in communicating with their lawyer. Funding for legal aid programmes should therefore take into account funds for interpretation.