The three main goals of the strategy are to

  • End the detention of children
  • Ensure that alternatives to detention are available in law and implemented in practice
  • Ensure that conditions of detention where detention is necessary and unavoidable meet international standards by, inter alia, securing access to places of immigration detention for UNHCR and/or our partners and carrying out regular monitoring.

The Global Strategy is implemented at country and regional level, through the development of specific national plans of action. These include a set of specific actions and initiatives that need to be developed in order to achieve the overall global goals, including strong advocacy interventions, awareness-raising and campaigning, cooperation and capacity-building, strengthening partnerships, information sharing, data collection and reporting, research and monitoring.

UNHCR has been working under the framework of the Global Strategy and in close coordination with various relevant stakeholders in a number of countries around the world, including Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, FYR of Macedonia, Japan, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Republic of South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

UNHCR is committed to continue its advocacy and protection efforts to encourage countries worldwide to revisit their detention practices and to strengthen alternatives to detention and other non-custodial measures for asylum-seekers and their families.  

Key document: Detention Guidelines UNHCR position on non-detention of children​

Beyond detention