Locking up the detention centre. Alternatives to detention in Europe By: Philip Amaral, JRS Europe. What I’ll talk about. How JRS views alternatives to detention (ATD) A proposal for how you might think about ATDs What ingredients does a good ATD call for?
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Alternatives to detention in Europe
By: Philip Amaral, JRS Europe
What elements make for a good alternative to detention?
ATDs as a means to an end, and not an end itself.
A means to which end?
A transparent & fair outcome to a person’s case
A dignified and humane immigration procedure
A scenario in which detention is hardly used…
…because gov’ts decide more often to not detain
Any policy, practice or legislation that allows asylum seekers and migrants to live in the community with freedom of movement, in respect of their right to liberty and security of person, while they undertake to resolve their migration status and/or while awaiting removal from the territory.
This is the heart of our views on ATDs
What are your organisational views on ATDs in Europe?
None of them are wrong.
Just because there are different views on ATDs, doesn’t mean we can’t work together to achieve a common goal:
To make detention so unnecessary, so hardly used that it truly becomes an exception.
To make detention extinct as a government practice.
Why the hurry?
NGOs have particular expertise that can be used towards governments for the following:
Conduct a good individual assessment
Identify good less coercive alternative measures
Ensure ATDs respect fundamental rights
Make sure ATDs are in law & implemented
Screen individual and specific cases
If we don’t work actively to achieve the best scenario for ATDs, we will have missed an opportunity to reduce detention in Europe over the next years.
Thank you for listening!
Jesuit Refugee Service Europe
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