Important: Neither UNHCR, IOM or the NGOs providing assistance in the reception or detention centers take money for any services. Their help is always free of charge.
Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior (DAMP)
The DAMP assesses and decides on all applications for international protection in the Czech Republic. It decides who is a refugee, and also who needs subsidiary protection. You can find more information on the DAMP website.
Refugee Facilities Administration of the Ministry of the Interior (RFA)
The RFA operates facilities for asylum-seekers, recognized refugees, and detained foreigners and provides related services. It is responsible for the safety and security of clients in the facilities. For more information on the types and locations of the facilities, visit the RFA website.
The UNHCR office in the Czech Republic does not provide legal advice or representation in individual cases. In strategic matters, UNHCR closely cooperates with its partner organisation, the Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU). You can contact OPU by e-mail: [email protected] or by phone: 📞 +420 730 158 779, 📞 +420 730 158 781.
There are several organisations providing legal, social, or psychological support to refugees and migrants. Please contact one of these organisations:
Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU)
It provides social, psychological, and legal counselling to asylum-seekers. It also operates field programs and a halfway house for young people, and helps unaccompanied minors as well as stateless persons.
Offices in Prague, Brno, Pilsen, Hradec Kralove and Ostrava.
Association for Integration and Migration (SIMI)
It offers social, labour, and legal counselling to foreigners living in the Czech Republic. It provides assistance in the areas of housing, health care, education, paperwork, work permits, Czech language, free internet, and training in practical skills.
Counselling Centre for Integration (PPI)
It offers social, educational, and legal support. It organises Czech language courses for children and adults and tutoring in various school subjects.
Offices in Prague and Ústí nad Labem.
Charita Czech Republic
It provides social and health services to foreigners in the Czech Republic. It is also involved in humanitarian aid and integration activities.
Offices in Prague, with many additional local offices around the Czech Republic.
Forum for Human Rights
It focuses on international human rights litigation and advocacy, including in the areas of asylum, immigration, and detention.
Persons in detention
Legal aid in detention facilities across the country is provided by the Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU).
If you need specialised legal help in strategic matters, please contact the Forum for Human Rights.
Counselling and support for victims of human trafficking is provided by La Strada. You can also call their hotline: 📞 +420 222 71 71 71, 📞 +420 800 07 77 77.
If you are a stateless person in the Czech Republic, please contact the Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU).