The Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children

The Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children

Europe is facing unprecedented numbers of migrants seeking protection, many of them children.

It's being called the ‘migrant crisis'.

While everyday more people seek refuge, it is estimated that more than 40,000 children are detained in Europe every year.

But what are the solutions for children who flee from their homes?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child called on states to "expeditiously and completely cease the detention of children on the basis of their immigration status" and "adopt alternatives to detention that allow children to remain with family members and/or guardians in non-custodial, community-based contexts while their immigration status is being resolved, consistent with their best interests, and with children's rights to liberty and family life."

The EU Reception Conditions Directive (RCD) obliges member states to not detain a person solely because he or she is an asylum applicant (Art 8.1). Detention is only permissible when less coercive alternative measures prove ineffective, and on the basis of an individual assessment of each case.

Adopt alternatives

Sign the petition

We invite you to actively support our Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children by signing the global petition of the International Detention Coalition.

Join us in an international effort to combat detention of immigrant children and help put an end to this violation of their rights.

For further information, visit the Global campaign website