Implementing Case Management Based Alternatives to Detention in Europe


Case management is a structured social work approach to migration management centred on individuals’ engagement with migration procedures. A growing body of practice and international evidence shows that case management increases compliance and case resolution while improving individuals’ coping and well-being.By building trust in the system, providing stability and facilitating agency, case management increases engagement and participation in the migration process, providing an effective approach to reducing irregularity while avoiding immigration detention. This briefing provides guidance for governments and civil society organisations interested in seizing the opportunity to develop pilot case management-based alternatives designed for their own context, as well as presents growing evidence on the effectiveness and advantages of case management as an innovative alternative to migration detention, and lastly collects examples, good practices and lessons learned from existing pilots across Europe.


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