U.S. Grant Supports European Database on Asylum Law

The U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the U.S. Mission to the European Union are pleased to announce a grant of $24,820 to the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) to support the operation of its European Database on Asylum Law (EDAL).

ECRE’s mission is to promote the establishment of fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law.  The EDAL project serves as a source of timely and useful information on current EU-wide asylum law and helps to ensure consistency and quality in judicial interpretations of EU asylum law by enabling legal practitioners to learn from practice in other EU countries.  The database contains various resources that assist legal practitioners when litigating asylum cases, including asylum system country overviews for seventeen EU Member States, legal analysis of the case law and the latest news on recent developments in international and European refugee law. In this way, EDAL contributes to the ongoing implementation of the EU’s Common European Asylum System.

The grant comes from the Julia Taft Refugee Fund managed by the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.  The Bureau contributes to the protection of persecuted and uprooted people worldwide by providing life-sustaining assistance, building global partnerships, promoting best practices in humanitarian response, and ensuring that humanitarian principles are thoroughly integrated into U.S. foreign and national security policy.

The Taft Refugee Fund provides small-scale grants to asylum and refugee related NGOs for projects that improve protection for refugees and asylum seekers.  In FY2013, the fund supported projects in forty-six countries.  This is the first time the U.S. Mission in Brussels has provided a Taft Grant to a Brussels-based NGO partner.