Immigration Detention in Germany
Germany’s immigration detention system has undergone major changes since a 2014 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union condemning the country’s use of prisons for immigration purposes. Since then, the country’s detention infrastructure has shrunk from more than 20 to seven long-term facilities, even as new laws have broadened the grounds justifying immigration detention. Read the report here.
Immigration Detention in Portugal
Portugal implements many strict immigration control measures despite facing comparatively minor migratory pressures. It detains asylum seekers lodging applications at ports of entry; the number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave the country has steadily increased; and it allows the detention of families with children in facilities that the country’s ombudsman considers deficient for this purpose. On the other hand, in contrast to most of its EU neighbours, Portugal has responded to the refugee “crisis” in Europe by offering to accept more than its quota of refugees. Read the report here.
NEWS & ACTIVITIES
Détention et autres entraves à la liberté de circulation
Mariette Grange gave a workshop on “Détention et autres entraves à la liberté de circulation” as part of course put on by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in partnership with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Some fifty participants, mainly from francophone Africa, attended the course, which was entitled “Protéger les droits des migrants: les normes internationales face aux défis contemporains,” in Sanremo, Italy, from 9 to 13 October 2017.
Is Ending the Detention of Children an “Alternative”?
The GDP’s Michael Flynn gave a presentation on the challenges of pursuing an end to the immigration detention of children through advocacy of “alternatives to detention” at a colloquium at the University of Geneva titled “Migrations, State Obligations, and Rights in a Globalized Context.” The event, which took place on 12 October 2017, was part of Geneva’s annual “Human Rights Week,” sponsored by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the City and State of Geneva, and the University of Geneva. More information about the event is available here.
11th European Forum on the rights of the child: Children deprived of their liberty and alternatives to detention
The GDP will be participating at the 11th European Forum on the rights of the child, including at a side event on data collection. The annual conference organised by the European Commission will take place in Brussels on 6-8 November 2017.
Challenging Immigration Detention: Academics, Activists, and Policy-makers
Recently released volume from Edward Elgar Publishing that draws on two years of GDP-supported interdisciplinary research into the growth of immigration detention regimes across the globe, the drivers of this phenomenon, and the efforts by different practitioners and academic disciplines to roll it back. More information about the book is available here.
GDP ON THE RECORD
“Showing ‘Credible Fear’ Is a Hurdle in Avoiding Deportation.” Craig L. Katz (10 September 2017), Huffington Post. Available here.
“The unclear relation between Angola and its Muslim citizens and migrants: Is Angola discriminating against them?” Cristiano d’Orsi, AfricLaw (October 2017). Available here.
“Privatized Immigration Detention in Liberal Market Economies: From Corporate Political Activity to Securitized Immigration Policies.” Zeila Maria dos Reis Lauletta Lindoso (2017), Master Thesis, Graduate Institute Geneva.
“Child Immigration Detention in Europe.” Quaker Council for European Affairs, Human Rights Progamme Report, Belgium. Available here.
“Children deprived of their liberty and alternatives to detention.” 11th European Forum on the rights of the child (18 October 2017), background reading and data summary.
“Protecting the Human Rights of Forced Migrants in an Era of ‘Migration Crises.’” Idil Atak and Vanessa C. Wachuku (2017), Inderscience. Available here.
“The punishment marketplace: Competing for capitalized power in locally controlled immigration enforcement.” Daniel L. Stageman (12 October 2017), Theoretical Criminology, Sage Journals. Available here.
“‘The saga of the returnee’: return and reintegration experiences of Ghanaian returnees from Libya.” Leander Kandilige and Geraldine Adiku, UNU-WIDER. Available here.
“Why food security is just a dream…for now.” Guardian Trinidad and Tobago (16 October 2017), Guardian Trinidad and Tobago. Available here.