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A migrant and his lawyer in front of the National Court for the Right of Asylum, in Montreuil. The CNDA has become the first administrative court in France. Marc CHAUMEIL/Divergence

LE FIGARO INFO – The cost of legal aid, paid to specialized firms that plead at the CNDA, exceeded 21 million euros last year.

“If your financial resources are insufficient for your trial, you can benefit from financial assistance from the State, called legal aid. Your procedural costs will then be fully or partially covered. More than 21 million euros were allocated in this respect last year for the sole defense of migrants before the National Court for the Right of Asylum (CNDA). A record since the start of the migration crisis in 2015.

The level exceeded in 2021 that of 2019, which stood at just over 17 million euros. To this must be added the procedures initiated in Mayotte, a distant department in the Indian Ocean subject to constant migratory pressure. These expenses for 2021 reached 480,000 euros last year. General total in France for one year of fees for lawyers in charge of the defense of asylum seekers: 21.6 million euros.

A separate dispute

In the opinion of a specialized magistrate, “this envelope, already significant, is not set to decrease, since litigation…

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