The government should act urgently to reform the use of detention despite recent changes, argues the Detention Forum in a briefing paper.
The most effective alternatives involve engagement with migrants throughout the immigration process. These include carefully screening and assessing individuals’ needs, vulnerabilities and strengths; considering a range of placement options in the community; and providing one-to-one case management to enable migrants to meet their needs and participate actively in immigration procedures.
But the UK government has been silent on the development of community-based alternatives to detention.
The Forum recommends:
- Case resolution for migrants in the returns process
- Quick processing of asylum claims
- Managing public protection issues of ex-offenders
It concludes that “the Home Office should commit to working with civil society on community-based alternatives, based on engagement rather than enforcement, in order further to reduce the use of detention and build consensus around immigration policy”.
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