Refugee and Migrant Justice, who provide asylum and immigration legal support, is facing possible closure because the Legal Services Commission, which funds legal aid work, has changed its payment scheme, so now they will have to wait for payment until after each case has closed.
Refugee and Migrant Justice are committed to securing justice for asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK. We are the largest specialist provider of advice and representation to asylum seekers and other migrants needing protection or other help to secure their human rights in the UK. As well as helping individual clients, we use our considerable expertise to campaign for positive changes.
Refugee and Migrant Justice is facing possible closure because of bureaucratic rules that result in the Government not paying promptly for asylum and immigration legal work.
No charity can be expected to wait many months, even years for payment. RMJ is not asking for extra money, just for the Legal Services Commission to pay us the money it owes .
What this means
If RMJ is forced to close, more than 10,000 asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants will be left without legal assistance. That includes almost 900 children as well as victims of trafficking, torture and armed conflict. Lives will be put at risk and there are likely to be many more miscarriages of justice – which, sadly, are already common on asylum.
RMJ has helped more than 110,000 people since starting work in 1992.