Legal assistance for review of detention


Country Report: Legal assistance for review of detention Last updated: 30/04/24


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Asylum seekers are provided legal aid in detention and it is paid for by the State.[1] Individuals who claim asylum upon their arrival at the border and who are subsequently detained, will be assigned a lawyer / legal aid worker specialised in asylum law. For the communication between migrant detainees and their lawyer, an “interpreter telephone” is used, through which interpretation is provided by phone. This service is provided by AVB Vertaaldiensten and Global Talk and paid for by the Legal Aid Board.[2] Because of the existence of these state funded lawyers, NGOs in general do not intervene in such cases before the Regional Court.



[1]          Article 100 Aliens Act.

[2]          Legal Aid Board, information on interpretation services, available in Dutch at:

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation