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9/29: Global Detention Project Newsletter - September 2017
Released 23 November 2017  By Detention Watch Network

9/29: Global Detention Project Newsletter - September 2017

Global Compact on Migration
The GDP submitted comments to the UN Special Representative for International Migration as part of the preparatory phase for the Secretary-General’s report on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. The submission focuses on immigration detention, improved transparency and data collection on the human rights of migrants, and concerns about the human rights commitments of international organizations involved in global migration governance. Read submission.

Immigration Detention through the Lens of International Human Rights: Lessons from South America (Global Detention Project Working Paper No. 23)
By Pablo Ceriani Cernadas (September 2017)
Why South America has not witnessed the same growth in immigration detention regimes that has occurred in most other parts of the world? This Global Detention Project Working Paper discusses developments across the region through the lens of international human rights standards. Read paper.

Spatial Control: Geographical Approaches to the Study of Immigration Detention (Global Detention Project Working Paper No. 24)
By Deirdre Conlon, Nancy Hiemstra and Alison Mountz (September 2017)
This paper surveys research on immigration detention conducted using geographical methods, highlighting how geography’s conceptualization of detention as a form of spatial control offers tools to scholars and activists working to contest this form of immigration control. Read paper.

Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: Germany
In this joint submission, the GDP and Jesuit Refugee Service Germany raise concerns about the broad grounds used to justify immigration detention, the detention of children, the excessive length of detention, and the lack of progress in limiting the use of detention by employing non-custodial measures. Read submission.


Challenging Immigration Detention: Academics, Activists, and Policy-makers

Edited by Michael Flynn and Matthew Flynn (Edward Elgar Publishing, September 2017)

Governments increasingly rely upon detention to control the movement of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers. Approaching detention from an interdisciplinary perspective, this new edited volume brings together leading writers and thinkers to provide a greater understanding of why it is such an important social phenomenon and suggest ways to confront it locally and globally. More information is available here.

“This is an excellent book on the highly topical subject of immigration detention. The contributors are experts in the field and their work together creates impressive new knowledge.”
– Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University of London, UK

“The resort to immigration detention of asylum seekers and migrants is a global phenomenon that breaches fundamental human rights. In Challenging Immigration Detention the authors examine the impact on families and their children held in detention in the United States, Australia, the European Union and South America. This collation of research is an invaluable tool in responding to the growing movement of peoples across national borders in search of safety and a better life.”
– Gillian Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia


Immigration Detention of Children: Coming to a Close?
The GDPs Michael Flynn participated in this two-day conference co-hosted by the Council of Europe and the Czech Ministry of Justice (Prague, 25-26 September 2017). Information about the event is available here. Flynn's presentation was titled "Are There 'Alternatives' for Children?"
Presentation summary: If, as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child affirms, immigration detention is never in the best interests of children, then not detaining them should be framed as an obligation, not as an “alternative.” This raises the question of whether it is possible to develop “alternatives to detention” for children in a way that does not bolster the logic of detention itself. How have states exploited this paradox by developing alternatives that fail to move policy and practice away from prioritizing detention? Are there long-term unintended consequences of advocating alternatives? And what would be the characteristics of an “alternative” policy that is effective at ending the detention of children? More information here.

Immigration Detention in Europe: Research and Advoacy
Izabella Majcher gave a presentation titled “Immigration Detention in the European Union: Research and Advocacy” at the Open Society Initiative for Europe‘s (OSIFE) Protection and Rights of Migrants Grantee Convening “Between Politics And Enforcement: Safeguarding And Advancing Migrant Rights In Europe.” Madrid, 18 – 19 September 2017.

Law and Practice of Immigration Detention in the European Union: European Law v. International Human Rights Law
Izabella Majcher presented a paper on the the EU detention regime and its compatibility with international human rights law at the Migration Law Section of the 2017 Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Conference taking place in Dublin on 5-8 September.

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