E-Module: Alternatives to Detention

The Odysseus Academic Network has created a training tool on Alternatives to Immigration Detention for asylum seekers and migrants that you can discover by clicking here. If you are interested in organising a training session on that issue, we can set up a team made of one academic for each of the EU Member States together with a representative of the civil society. A training session includes interactive elements and participatory exercises to help the audience capture what is at stake. The support tool exists in English and French, but the oral training can be given in the other languages of the European Union. If you are interested by this opportunity and would like to now more under which conditions this is possible, please send an email explaining your request to odysseus@ulb.ac.be

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  • Context:
    This training module was produced in the framework of the MADE REAL project on alternatives to detention in the EU, co-financed by the European Union (European Refugee Fund 2012).
    It was conceived as a stand-alone tool, available publicly. However, in the framework of this project, it is to be used directly by our partners (members of the Odysseus network and NGO partners) in 7 EU Member States: Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands and Slovakia.
    In these countries, the training module will first be adapted to the national context and then translated. It will then be used in two one-day workshops which will take place in these countries between October 2014 and January 2015.
    These workshops will target, in priority, practitioners from the field of migration and asylum- those that decide who should be placed in detention (judges, members of national police authorities) and government officials and representatives who will be involved in transposing EU directives and designing alternatives to detention in their countries. Members of civil society committed to the promotion of alternatives to detention in their advocacy activities and legal representatives of asylum seekers are another target group.
    The module can be downloaded eithe in English or in French.
    TRAINING MODULE               MODULE de FORMATION
  • Objective:
    Acquire knowledge and raise awareness about the legal obligations and the practical implementation of alternatives to detention in the EU.
  • Target group:
    A broad & mixed audience with basic knowledge on asylum and migration issues.
  • Methodology:
    The training module was designed as a tool available for those interested in conducting awareness-raising/training sessions on alternatives to detention in the EU context.
    The training module was therefore conceived as an interactive tool for trainers rather than a tool for self-study. It provides trainers with background material, a suggested structure and group exercises/questions for reflection. Given the level of experience expected from the participants to such sessions and the fact that it is not a self-study method, these exercises do not recapitulate points or verify participants’ knowledge but rather go beyond what was already shared and seek to develop critical thinking in this area.
    The information contained in the module was largely extracted from the research report produced in the framework of the Made Real Project by the Odysseus Network coordination team with the support of partners in 6 countries (Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Slovenia, Sweden and UK). For this report, research was conducted on the International and EU legal obligations on detention and alternatives to detention but also on the legal and practical implementation of ATD in the 6 Member States mentioned above. In these countries, questionnaires on the legal framework and the practices were compiled respectively by a national Odysseus Member and an national NGO partner. The report therefore constitutes an essential support for the trainers and is to be used in combination with the training module itself.
  • Form:
    The training module takes the form of an interactive power point presentation which can be modified by the partners according to their national context and translated in their language. On the website, it is presented as a PDF document. Therefore, on the PDF format, some slides which contained “pop up” definitions in the PPT document are replicated.
  • Content:
    The power point presentation is structured around 5 sessions:

    1. Introduction to detention and alternatives to detention.
    2. The legal principles regulating detention and alternatives to detention
    3. Decision making on detention and alternatives to detention
    4. Practical implementation of alternatives to detention
    5. The national context Session 5 is to be completed by national stakeholders conducting the training. All sessions contain both information and a number of exercises/discussion points.

    Certain exercises in session 3 of the training are outlined in separate documents:
    Exercise 1
    Exercise 2
    Exercise 3
    Exercise 4

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