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EU Council working group discusses alternatives to immigration detention

At the invitation of the Finnish Presidency of the EU Council, FRA provided input on effective alternatives to pre-removal detention and fundamental rights considerations in the Council Working Party on Integration, Migration and Expulsion.

The meeting took place in Brussels on 23 September.

FRA’s presentation fed into policy discussions among Member State experts on the effective forms and implementation of non-custodial measures in the context of returning migrants in an irregular situation.

Most Member States remain hesitant to implement alternatives to immigration detention, partly due to lack of evidence-based information on their effectiveness.