Save the date: 15 December | EMN Belgium webinar on Alternatives to Detention
On 15 December, EMN Belgium will host a half-day webinar on Alternatives to Detention. The online event focuses on the current legal framework on alternatives to detention, the implementation of these alternatives in practice and the identification of emerging good practices and pilot projects from across Europe.
Rationale and aims
According to the 2008 EU Return Directive, Member States may only detain illegally staying migrants if “less coercive measures” cannot be applied effectively. These measures, “alternatives to detention”, adopted by states may take a range of forms, including regular reporting to the authorities, the deposit of a financial guarantee, or the submission of documents. The European Commission is working in close cooperation with Member States and civil society to develop and implement effective alternatives to detention as these are crucial from both migrant and state perspectives. In Belgium, such non-custodial measures are to be “developed to the full extent” in the years to come, as was announced by the newly formed federal government on 30 September 2020. Yet the prerequisites for effective alternatives to detention remain largely unexplored.
This webinar aims at providing participants with insights into the current legal framework on alternatives to detention, the implementation of these alternatives in practice and the identification of emerging good practices and pilot projects from across Europe. By sharing know-how on the costs and benefits, the conditions and challenges of today’s alternatives to detention, the online seminar is intended as a follow-up to the Conference on Effective Alternatives to the Detention of Migrants organised by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and EMN in April 2019.
At the same time, the objective is to collect valuable input for the upcoming EMN Study on “Detention and Alternatives to Detention in international protection and return procedures” (2021). The EMN Study aims to identify similarities, differences, practical challenges and best practices concerning the use of detention and alternatives to detention by Member States and Norway in the framework of international protection and return procedures. More specifically, the study aims to provide a comparative overview of the scale of detention and available alternatives in each Member State; to give an overview of the process and criteria used by national authorities to assess whether to place a third-country national in detention or apply an alternative; and to assess the impact of placing third-country nationals in detention or applying alternatives on the effectiveness of Member States’ international protection and return procedures.
The webinar on Alternatives to Detention organised by EMN Belgium and the Return Expert Group (REG) takes place on Tuesday 15 December 2020 from 9.30 am to 12 pm.
The webinar is open to policy-makers, practitioners, academics and other stakeholders interested in (alternatives to) detention. Information about the registration process will be shared in due time.
The webinar agenda will be added shortly.