Forced Migration Review: from enforcement to engagement.

The new issue of Forced Migration Review focuses on immigration detention and deportation and includes 36 articles from leading activists and academics on the topic, including an article on alternatives to detention in the UK written by Detention Action’s director, Jerome Phelps.

Asylum seekers and refugees – men, women and even children – are increasingly detained and interned around the world, as are numbers of other migrants. Sometimes detained indefinitely and often in appalling conditions, they may suffer not only deprivation of their liberty but other abuses of their human rights too.

Detention may appear to be a convenient solution to states’ political quest to manage migration (often as a precursor to deportation) but it is an expensive option and has lasting effects on those detained. In the search for a more humane – and cheaper – approach, agencies and government authorities have trialled a variety of alternatives to detention. –

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