Junita Calder, IDC’s Africa and Middle East Regional Coordinator, was invited by Honourable Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Migrants, Stateless Persons and IDPs, Maya Sahli-Fadel  to speak on the panel “Management of Mixed Migratory Flows in North Africa and the Sahel”. See the panel Concept Note here.  

Calder discussed the role of civil society in implementing community- based alternatives to immigration detention that are more affordable, more humane and foster greater compliance with authorities than just defaulting to the use of detention. She flagged the importance of collaboration between government and NGOs to ensure holistic support.