François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

Detention is never ever in the best interest of a child. Freedom should be the default position, as it is for citizens and regular residents.

“Detention is never ever in the best interest of a child. Freedom should be the default position, as it is for citizens and regular residents. The suffering of those detained is indescribable; they do not understand why they would be punished without having committed any crime. Decisions to detain migrants who are accompanied by their children is questionable, as many rights-based alternatives to detention exist."

François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, In the best interest of migrant children, 16 September 2016.

A campaign by

Unicef
Mineurs en exil

In collaboration with

Caritas
Ciré
Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen
JRS