International Detention Coalition (IDC) recently co-hosted a closed-door roundtable on alternative care arrangements for children in the context of international migration in the Asia Pacific with the Department of Children and Youth under the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM). The roundtable took place on 22 November 2019 in Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel and Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.

The roundtable brought together representatives from implementing and policy agencies within government from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as non-governmental agencies and international organizations in the region for constructive discussion on developing alternative care mechanisms for children and their families in the context of migration. Participants exchanged positive practices and latest developments in alternative care arrangements for children in their national contexts, while identifying common challenges and opportunities that can support the development of an ongoing regional program of engagement, learning and action towards ending child immigration detention in the region.

More information about the roundtable, including the agenda, participant list and background paper can be found here.

The ADFM Secretariat also recently posted about the event, including a brief summary of ideas that emerged from the roundtable. The post can be found here.