Full title of the project:
Making Alternatives to Detention in Europe a Reality by Exchanges, Advocacy and Learning
Acronym: MADE REAL
Duration: 18 months from September 2013 to February 2015.
Budget: Support at 90% by the EU through the European Refugee Fund 2012
– In the 1st phase: Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Slovenia, Sweden and UK
– In the 2nd phase: Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands and Slovakia.
Leading organization: The Odysseus Network – Academic network for legal studies on immigration and asylum in Europe.
– Diakonie Fluchtlingsdienst (Austria),
– Coordination et initiatives pour et avec les Réfugiés et Etrangers (Belgium),
– Legal clinic for Refugees and Immigrants (Bulgaria),
– France Terre d’Asile (France),
– Greek Council for Refugees (Greece),
– Hungarian Helsinki Committee (Hungary),
– Centre for Sustainable Society (Lithuania),
– Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta),
– Justitia et Pax Nederland (The Netherlands),
– Slovak Humanitarian Council (Slovakia),
– Institute for Legal Research, Education and Counselling (iLREC) (Slovenia),
– Swedish Red Cross (Sweden),
– Bail for Immigration Detainees (UK).
The objectives are to address the knowledge and implementation gap concerning alternatives to detention for asylum seekers in the EU, paying particular attention to vulnerable asylum seekers, to assist Member States in the transposition of the recast Reception Conditions Directive and to enhance the use of alternatives to detention complying with EU and international legal standards.
Research carried out in Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Slovenia, Sweden and UK on the national legal framework and practices with regards to alternatives to detention. (Nov 2013-Jan 2014)
Drafting of a synthesis report of the research and a European training module on that topic. (Jan-June 2014)
2 one-day trainings in Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands and Slovakia, using the adapted national version of the training module developed. (July-December 2014)
Range of advocacy & communication activities at a national and EU level.
Final conference presenting the results of the project (Feb 2015).
If you want more information about the project and on alternatives to detention in the EU, you can access the project newsletters: