Detention Database

The Detention Database brings together research and resources produced around the world that are specific to immigration detention.

Please submit a link to any resources that you would like to see contributed to this database via the contact form below. Alternatively, email info@idcoalition.org

Alternatives to detention 
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Any legislation, policy or practice that allows for asylum seekers, refugees or migrants to reside in the community with freedom of movement while their migration status is being resolved

Arbitrary detention 

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International and regional human rights laws protect the fundamental right of liberty and security of person including protection from illegal or arbitrary detention

Children
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It is never appropriate to detain children based on their or their parents’ immigration status, with life long detrimental impacts on health and development

Conditions
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In cases where immigration is necessary and used as a last resort, conditions of immigration detention are required to meet minimum international standards

Criminalisation
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Migration is not a crime per se & individuals should never be criminally penalised as a result of entering a country irregularly or without proper documentation

Disability
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Immigration detention exacerbates existing disabilities and may cause additional damage to the health and wellbeing of detainees

Immigration detention 

Governments are increasingly detaining refugees, asylum seekers and migrants for administrative purposes, leading to unnecessary immigration detention

Irregular Migration
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Human movement that takes place outside a country’s  regulatory norms.

Gender
Gender

Specific forms of violence and persecution affect women who as a demographic are increasingly being represented in detention

Mental and physical health

Life,-Liberty-and-Security-of-PersonImmigration detention has been shown to have serious detrimental impacts on the physical and mental health of detainees

Statelessness
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Individuals who are not considered to be a citizen by any state are at a heightened risk of unnecessary immigration detention, including prolonged or arbitrary detention

Trafficking
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Trafficked individuals are at hightened risk or and are frequently subject to unnecessary immigration detention

LGBTI

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex populations are at high risk of detention

United Nations
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A number of UN bodies have specifically addressed issues of immigration detention and alternatives to detention

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