Ending & Limiting Unnecessary Immigration Detention

The IDC seeks to end and limit unnecessary immigration detention, especially for children and other particularly vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

To this end, the IDC works closely with our members and UN partners to strengthen the international and regional human rights framework around immigration detention.  We also work directly with States, Members, partner organisations and other stakeholders, to change practices on the ground.

Together, we work to ensure that immigration detention is only ever used as a last resort and that—when used—detention practices are legitimate, necessary, and proportionate, as well as consistent with fundamental human rights laws.

In all of our work, we take a special interest in the rights and protections of children and other particularly vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

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Immigration detention is the deprivation of liberty for migration-related reasons.

Under international law, immigration detention is only ever meant to be used as a last resort and where it is necessary, reasonable, and proportionate to a legitimate government objective.

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Immigration detention refers to the government practice of detaining refugees, asylum-seekers and other migrants for administrative purposes, typically to establish their identity, facilitate an immigration or other protection claim, or to effectuate their removal from the country.

Under international law, immigration detention is only ever meant to be used as a last resort and where it is necessary, reasonable, and proportionate to a legitimate government objective.