LCRI took part in the First EU workshop on immigration detention

November 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

The International Detention Coalition (IDC), in collaboration with the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), brought together over 20 organisations from 15 EU Member States for the first-­‐ever European Union workshop on immigration detention in Athens, Greece on the 22th and 23rd of November 2012. The aim was to develop a regional civil society strategy and action plan on detention, as well as share concerns and priorities on the issue.

Participants discussed the different detention practices in the EU, as well as the EU legal framework. Common concerns are the lack of a specific ban on children detention (see Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children)
and the fact that only a few countries in the EU – Belgium, Denmark and Sweden- are currently starting to implement alternatives to detention.

The organisations participating in the workshop decided to constitute a working group to advocate for the end of immigration detention and for the use of alternatives to detention.

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