New Report: Detention of Stateless People in Europe Can Be Avoided
The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) has set an agenda for change with their latest report, promoting the use of alternatives as a way to prevent detention of people who are stateless and languish, unnecessarily, in immigration detention.
For a Europe Without the Detention of Migrant Children
IDC moderated the first Roundtable that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held last week as part of their Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children.The Roundtable topic was “for a Europe without the detention of migrant children” and featured speakers from UNHCR, OHCHR and the Alternate Minister for Migration Policy of Greece.
Updated International Commission of Jurists guide examines international immigration detention legal framework.
European Database of Asylum Law analyses judgment that asylum-seekers are not systematically detained
Immigration detention under the spotlight in the UK
This summer saw two significant developments in relation to immigration detention in the UK.
UK High Court finds detained fast track, as it operates, unlawful
On 9 July 2014, the UK High Court handed down a significant judgment finding the detained fast track procedure for asylum seekers unlawful as it currently operates, in a case brought by IDC member Detention Action. This is the first time that a UK court has found that the detained fast track has crossed over into unlawfulness.
Conference: “Challenges of the Common European Asylum System”
The European Union has made considerable progress in finalising the Common European Asylum System in the past few years, in order to guarantee high quality reception systems of asylum seekers in its member states.
Expert Meeting on Detention in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum
The IDC presented alongside its members: Pieter Stockmans of Flemish Refugee Action, who shared the Belgian experience of alternatives to detention in Belgium; and Soorej Jose of Uppsala University, who presented on the negative effects of immigration detention.
First regional Alternatives to Detention Roundtable in Brussels, November 2011
The IDC this week presented to governments and civil society from across Western Europe and Malta, as well as to the Council of Europe at the first regional Alternatives to Detention Roundtable organized by UNHCR in Brussels.