The UK approach to immigration detention is unique – it detains more migrants than any other country in Europe and is alone in detaining them indefinitely, without time-limit. Last year’s Parliamentary Inquiry on Detention concluded the detention estate was ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust.’ The Home Office-commissioned Shaw Review found it to be ‘an affront to civilised values’. Both strongly advocated the exploration and introduction of alternatives to detention as a way out of the UK’s intractable addiction to long-term detention. But what do we talk about when we talk about alternatives to detention?
This event features the launch of a new Detention Action report – ‘Without Detention: Opportunities for Alternatives’ – which systematically analyses the opportunities for alternatives to contribute to the UK’s process of detention reform, based on the framework of international good practice.
Our aim is to start a wider conversation amongst civil society and key stakeholders about the scope for alternatives to bring about lasting change.
Are there opportunities for civil society to take the initiative developing alternatives given the failure of states in the region to develop good practice? What has been the experience of other European civil society organisations’ developing alternatives in equally challenging national contexts? What is the right model in a UK context?
Speakers at the event will include:
– Jerome Phelps, Director of Detention Action, UK
– Tony McMahon, Coordinator of Detention Action’s Community Support Project, UK
– Corina Drousiotou of Future Worlds Centre, Cyprus
– Daryna Tolkach of Right to Protection, Ukraine
– Kasonga, Freed Voices, UK
– Eiri Ohtani, Co-ordinator of the Detention Forum, UK
Join us and be part of shaping what fundamental detention reform looks like.