ATD Pilot Projects
Each adapted to their own national context, the pilot projects in the European ATD Network work with a range of migrant cohorts to provide case management as an alternative to immigration detention. They to explore how alternatives based on engagement can reduce absconding and work towards case resolution, meeting the needs of migrants and States.
The pilots aim to generate evidence and models for effective alternatives, in order to initiate discussions and partnership between civil society and governments around shared interests in fair and effective immigration systems in which immigration detention is only used as a last resort.
Pioneer case management based ATD pilot
The pilot will focus its holistic case management efforts on migrants with irregular migration status and those at risk of becoming irregular in Greece. Based in Athens, the pilot will work with at least forty migrants over the next two years providing comprehensive case management, linking to legal, psychosocial, and educational support, as well as facilitating of access to basic services/needs.
Towards a more effective and humane migration management
In Italy, the pilot will provide holistic case management to migrants at risk of detention, including beneficiaries of humanitarian protection (a type of protection which was recently abolished), vulnerable individuals, and persons under labour exploitation.
Linking practical implementation with advocacy, the pilot will take advantage of the reach and diversity of expertise within CILD’s civil society coalition and of Progetto Diritti’s case work experience. It aims to support migrants to work resolve their cases while strengthening national evidence and increasing ATD practice among CSOs in Italy.
Action Access – Community Engagement Pilot
The two-year pilot will provide individualised case management and housing support up to 50 single women over the age of 18 years, without dependents, who have no offending history, no imminent removal directions and who have been refused asylum. The purpose of the project is to improve voluntary engagement with the immigration system for clients who would otherwise be detained whilst being supported in the community to resolve their immigration case in a humane and cost-effective way. During their time on the pilot Action Access staff will meet with participants every week to ensure they have access to the support required to reassess their protection needs (asylum claim) and make an informed decision about their future. The pilot was launched by the UK Home Office in December 2018 as part of its detention reform process. It is one of a series of alternative to detention pilots the UK government is planning.
Protecting migrants with precarious status: decreasing the use of detention and applying community-based alternatives
The Case Management team will engage over two years with a total of 50-60 migrants with return orders, providing holistic support on an individual basis, with the goal of avoiding the need to detain them and decreasing the risk of absconding, while helping them stabilize in the community until case resolution (obtaining legal status or return to country of origin or third country) is attained.
- CLA presentation at the EU Child Rights Forum (video, 2017)
Implementation of Alternatives to Detention of Third Country Nationals in Cyprus
The project aims to promote the adoption of alternatives to detention in Cyprus, through the use of a holistic approach, that includes capacity building to governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, advocacy on the adoption of ATDs and case management to 40 cases based on the Revised Community Assessment and Placement (CAP) model, developed by the International Detention Coalition (IDC).
No Detention Necessary – pilot project on Alternatives to Detention of migrants in return procedures
The project aims to promote and expand the use of alternatives to detention in Poland by introducing an engagement-based case management model based on the Revised Community Assessment and Placement (CAP) model, developed by the International Detention Coalition (IDC). The project team will engage a minimum of 25 migrants in return procedures who were released from detention or were imposed ATDs, supporting them through holistic case management, legal aid and psychological care.
Community Support Project
The project aims to demonstrate that alternatives to detention can be effective for migrants with complex needs and risk factors who would otherwise face indefinite detention. The project aims to reduce the risk of absconding and reoffending of young male ex-offenders with barriers to removal, assisting them to meet the conditions of their release and avoid long-term detention. Through one-to-one case management, participants develop skills and confidence to stabilise their lives, participate in the community and maintain contact with the authorities.
- Detention Action’s report Without Detention (2016) pages 51 & 52.