Challenging Immigration Detention
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Challenging Immigration Detention

Academics, Activists and Policy-makers

Edited by Michael J. Flynn and Matthew B. Flynn

Immigration detention is an important global phenomenon increasingly practiced by states across the world in which human rights violations are commonplace. Challenging Immigration Detention introduces readers to various disciplines that have addressed immigration detention in recent years and how these experts have sought to challenge underlying causes and justifications for detention regimes. Contributors provide an overview of the key issues addressed in their disciplines, discuss key points of contention, and seek out linkages and interactions with experts from other fields.
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Chapter 7: Global advocacy: civil society engagement of government on alternatives to immigration detention

Grant Mitchell

Abstract

There is a growing global movement of civil society organizations seeking to engage governments on “alternatives to detention.” The author, a leading member of this campaign, explores the tensions at play between human rights standards, political and public opinion, and the pragmatics of operationalizing entry and exit systems to highlight advocacy strategies that have proved effective in promoting non-detention models. Focusing on alternatives in a range of political and migration contexts, the chapter draws from comparative case studies and the experiences, challenges and successes of the International Detention Coalition (IDC) and its members.

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