COVID-19 & Immigration Detention: What Can Governments and Other Stakeholders Do?

UN Network on Migration Working Group on Alternatives to Immigration Detention

The United Nations Network on Migration is committed to supporting all partners in pursuit of the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration, recognizing that this cooperative framework provides an invaluable tool for ensuring all in society can contribute to a collective response to COVID-19 and are protected equally against its impact.

To that end this briefing is part of a series by the Network looking at different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they relate to migrants and their communities. The present document aims to provide practical guidance to States and other stakeholders in preventing and responding to COVID-19 in the context of immigration detention, including the detention of unaccompanied and separated children, highlighting instances of promising practices as useful models to draw from.