UNHCR NGO Report Calls For Alternatives to Detention

The 2017 Report of the UNHCR Annual Consultations with Non-Government Organisations is now available.

This years consultation was about implementing the Implementing the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) as part of the Global Compact on Refugees.

The report from the consultation included the following recommendation:

“All parties implementing the CRRF should:

  • Set up alternatives to detention. Ideally, there should be no immigration-related detention.

Dignified reception conditions should exclude the use of immigration-related detention for asylum-seekers. Alternatives to detention are generally less costly and provide better solutions. For example, an ‘engagement’ approach that maintains periodic contact between officials and asylum-seekers has a very low rate of absconding (ex. in Bulgaria and Cyprus) and is less expensive implement. Zambia’s recent experience of alternatives to detention is an example to consider in other contexts.

The Global Compact on Refugees should include commitments to immediately cease all immigration-related detention of asylum-seekers upon admission and reception, including the use of off-shore detention, hotspot detention, and mandatory detention for irregular entry. NGOs in the Asia and Americas sessions cited efforts in both regions to abolish or significantly reduce the use of immigration-related detention of children.”

Several staff from the IDC were able to attend this years consultation, including one of our youth ambassadors for the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children, Mariane Quiantao.

See all the documentation and materials here from the consultation: