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IDC Launches First-ever Handbook to Prevent Unnecessary & Damaging Detention

by International Detention Coalition, June 2011

The IDC’s research, conducted in collaboration with La Trobe University, found that immigration detention is not effective. It does not deter new arrivals and is costly to government and the individual. Furthermore, alternatives to detention promote better integration outcomes and better cooperation with return requirements. The research found that alternatives to immigration detention are cheaper and more effective in producing good outcomes for all stakeholders.

The IDC has now launched its handbook, the first-ever guide, aimed at preventing unnecessary immigration detention globally & outlining good practice examples of alternatives to detention from around the world.

This comes as governments increasingly use immigration detention as a migration management tool with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants often detained for prolonged periods, in conditions below international standards, which deny basic human rights. This has an extremely negative impact on the mental and physical health of people subject to detention, and can result in self-mutilation, violence & even suicide. International human rights law and standards indicate that alternatives to detention should always be explored first, with detention used only as a last resort.

The IDC’s research, conducted in collaboration with La Trobe University, found that immigration detention is not effective. It does not deter new arrivals and is costly to government and the individual. Furthermore, alternatives to detention promote better integration outcomes and better cooperation with return requirements. The research found that alternatives to immigration detention are cheaper and more effective in producing good outcomes for all stakeholders.

This handbook also introduces CAP, the Community Assessment and Placement model. This conceptual model identifies a range of mechanisms currently in use that enforce immigration law without a heavy reliance on detention. The model highlights effective management of individuals in the community and assists governments to make informed decisions on appropriate placement, management and support options for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

In 2011 the International Detention Coalition will visit all continents to present the CAP model to governments and civil society and apply it to the immigration detention issues of each region respectively.

IDC Handbook ‘There are alternatives’

http://www.scribd.com/doc/54661929/IDC-Handbook-There-are-alternatives