From Deprivation to Liberty: Alternatives to detention in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom

17 April 2013|JRS Europe|Reports and publications


Published in December 2011. The report is based on interviews with migrants participating in alternative to detention programmes in the three aforementioned countries. On the basis of these interviews, JRS Europe developed guidelines on how governments can establish sustainable alternatives to detention that respect the human dignity of migrants, while also being effective for the state authorities. By investigating specific examples, such as an alternative to detention for families in Belgium, JRS Europe shows that in most cases governments need not detain migrants because they can instead resolve their cases in the community.