In light of the far-reaching and serious consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic to populations impacted by immigration detention, we recognise that this is an important moment for collective sharing and synergy. As such, the International Detention Coalition and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network co-hosted a webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on immigration detention in the region on Monday 6th April 2020. More than 20 IDC and APRRN members attended the webinar and shared valuable knowledge and insight. We also received written responses from members and partners who could not attend the webinar.

In this webinar, we had an opportunity to

  • discuss key issues that are emerging in the context of immigration detention in respective countries of participants;
  • share and reflect on actions taken by organisations, networks and partners since governments started to put in place Covid-19 responses;
  • identify positive practices from various countries; and,
  • identify gaps, priority needs, and next steps.

Read the Summary document of this webinar.


IDC’s Next Step

Since the webinar, the IDC has developed global Covid-19 Policy Position grounded in our members voices that were expressed through regional webinars. We have also created a dedicated space on our website where we document key developments impacting immigration detention in response to Covid-19 worldwide. We will soon be updating promising ATD practices in the context of Covid-19.