11 September 2020
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, has produced a report in which he "concludes that the immigration detention of children is effectively avoidable," and that states should focus on "human rights-based alternative care and reception for all migrant children and their families."
"In the report, the Special Rapporteur examines the international legal framework protecting the human rights of migrant children. He reviews the impact of immigration detention on children and existing alternative care and reception solutions. On the basis of information and analysis provided by States, civil society, national human rights institutions and other stakeholders, the Special Rapporteur identifies good practices and concludes that the immigration detention of children is effectively avoidable. The Special Rapporteur recommends that Member States shift away from a focus on enforcement and coercion towards providing human rights-based alternative care and reception for all migrant children and their families."
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