Report on ending immigration detention of children and seeking adequate reception and care for them


Published
20 July 2020
Author
Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
Presented
To the General Assembly at its 75th session, October 2020

Background

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants had decided to submit a report to the 75th session of the General Assembly on ending immigration detention of children and seeking adequate reception and care for them.

In this context, to inform the work on this subject, the Special Rapporteur sought relevant inputs from Member States, National Human Rights Institutions, UN Agencies, civil society, academia and other stakeholders.

Summary

In the report, the Special Rapporteur examines the international legal framework protecting the human rights of migrant children, in particular regarding their right to liberty as well as to adequate care and reception. The report reviews the impact of immigration detention on children and existing alternative care and reception solutions.

Based on information and analysis provided by States, civil society, national human rights institutions and other stakeholders, the report identifies good practices and concludes that immigration detention of children is effectively avoidable. The Special Rapporteur recommends Member States to 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.

Inputs received

Member States

International/Inter-governmental Organisations

National Human Rights Institutions

Civil society organisations: