Migrants' Rights Network

Alternatives to detention needed

The government should act urgently to reform the use of detention despite recent changes, argues the Detention Forum in a briefing paper.

The most effective alternatives involve engagement with migrants throughout the immigration process. These include carefully screening and assessing individuals’ needs, vulnerabilities and strengths; considering a range of placement options in the community; and providing one-­to-­one case management to enable migrants to meet their needs and participate actively in immigration procedures.

But the UK government has been silent on the development of community-­based alternatives to detention.

The Forum recommends:

  • Case resolution for migrants in the returns process
  • Quick processing of asylum claims
  • Managing public protection issues of ex-­offenders

It concludes that “the Home Office should commit to working with civil society on community-­based alternatives, based on engagement rather than enforcement, in order further to reduce the use of detention and build consensus around immigration policy”.

Download the briefing paper below

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