Since September 2015 Future Worlds Center through the Humanitarian Affairs Unit has started the implementation of a new project named “Promotion and implementation of alternatives to detention in Cyprus” hoping to bring about a positive change in the Cypriot society.
This program is under the funding of the international organization EPIM (European Programme for Integration and Migration), an initiative of 13 European institutes which aims at strengthening the role of civil society in promoting constructive approaches to migration in Europe.
The program lasts one year and aims to identify realistic and practical alternatives to detention of third country nationals, and to present concrete recommendations for the adoption of such alternatives by the relevant authorities.
In order to advocate for appropriate alternatives, Future Worlds Center will undergo a detailed mapping exercise of a variety of aspects determining immigration detention and, drawing on existing EU-wide research and practices on alternative measures, will identify alternatives to detention that are appropriate and realistic in the Cypriot context.
The main activities of the program are the following:
- Collection of empirical and bibliographic data with the aim of:
– Mapping the current situation regarding the detention of TCN
– Indexing of international experience with respect to alternative practices in detaining TCN and how they can be adapted and applied in Cyprus
- Prepare a report based on the research findings, which will include specific recommendations on creating practical alternatives to detention and proposals for integration in the current system
- Meetings and consultations with the competent authorities in order to promote and implement the recommendations of the report.
The project corresponds to our main objectives that are focused on promoting human rights and social justice, whilst contributing to an inclusive and tolerant society.