Supporting people through migration
Resolving cases in the community
Few rights have been so universally invoked as the right to liberty. And yet, in the European Union, more than 100,000 people are deprived every year of their freedom only because they do not have the right administrative papers. Despite clear international standards strictly regulating and limiting deprivation of liberty, our migration enforcement systems rely on immigration detention to control and deter undocumented migrants, Immigration detention is even applied to children, people with health issues and other vulnerabilities.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. More humane and more effective alternatives exist.
Ample evidence shows that community-based alternatives to detention work. Case management in particular provides people with holistic support and the information they need to engage with the migration procedures, while ensuring that they can remain in the community in which they live. These programmes need to be further scaled up, to replace – and not flank – immigration detention.
Find out how this works below.