Interactive Map – Alternatives to Detention

Alternatives are any law, policy or practice by which people are able to reside in the community, without being detained for migration-related reasons.

The IDC has identified over 250 examples of alternatives from 60 countries, including those listed by country below.

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Over the past five years, the IDC has undertaken a program of research to identify and describe a number of positive alternatives to immigration detention (‘alternatives’) that respect fundamental rights, are less expensive and are equally or more effective than traditional border controls.

This research, entitled There are alternatives, provides readers with the guidance needed to successfully avoid unnecessary detention and to ensure community options are as effective as possible.