Forced Migration Review issue 44: Detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation

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Detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation.  That’s the focus of the latest Forced Migration Review.

It’s a fantastic read, featuring IDC and many of our members, including Asylum AccessWomen’s Refugee CommissionJesuit Refugee Service,Detention ActionHuman Rights Watch and many more.

Asylum seekers and refugees – men, women and even children – are increasingly detained and interned around the world, as are numbers of other migrants. Sometimes detained indefinitely and often in appalling conditions, they may suffer not only deprivation of their liberty but other abuses of their human rights too. Detention may appear to be a convenient solution to states’ political quest to manage migration (often as a precursor to deportation) but it is an expensive option and has lasting effects on those detained. In the search for a more humane – and cheaper – approach, agencies and government authorities have trialled a variety of ‘alternatives to detention’. FMR 44 includes 36 articles on immigration detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation, plus a mini-feature on the Syria crisis and a selection of other articles.

This issue of FMR is available online at in English in pdf, html and audio formats, and will also be available in French, Spanish and Arabic in html and pdf formats. It will be available in print in all four languages. It is free of charge.

A four-sided expanded contents listing of all articles in FMR 44 is online at and will be available online and in print in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Requesting copies: If you do not usually receive a print copy of FMR and would like to receive a copy for your organisation, or if you require multiple copies for distribution to partners and policy/decision makers or for use at conferences/workshops, please contact the Editors at [email protected] (Please note that we prefer to provide the shorter Listing if large numbers are required for conferences and training.) FMR are very grateful to the Oak Foundation and UNHCR for funding this issue.

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