The present report is based on the principle that children
are first and foremost children and should never be detained for
immigration purposes. The immigration detention of children has
a detrimental impact on their mental and physical health. The detention
of children violates their rights and deprives them of access to general
education and proper health care.
In addition to arguing against children's detention from a
human rights perspective, this report offers an insight into the
cost benefits of alternatives to detention and outlines some of
these alternative models.
The Council of Europe member States who have not yet responded
to this issue are called upon to put an end to the detention of
migrant children and to promote and facilitate the application of
alternatives to detention.