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The use of detention and alternatives to detention in the context of immigration policies: EMN Synthesis Report

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Abstract

This study aims to identify similarities, differences and best practices with regard to the use of detention and alternatives to detention in the context of Member States’ immigration policies.

Special attention is given to detention and/or alternatives to detention in respect of vulnerable persons such as minors, families with children, pregnant women and persons with special needs.

The study focuses on detention for immigration/asylum purposes only and does not include in its scope detention of third-country nationals who have committed a criminal offence.

The study finds that national legal frameworks do show variations across Member States with regard to the categories of third-country nationals that can be placed in detention.

The majority of Member States (24 in total of the 26 participating in this study) have developed alternatives to detention.

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Author: European Migration Network
Publisher: Directorate General Home Affairs, European Commission
Date of Publication: 04 November 2014
Geographical focus: Europe

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