Migrant Detention in the European Union: A Thriving Business

Detention outsourcing is taking off across Europe. During this workshop at the Sabir Festival in Sicily we will present the new research report "Migrant detention in the EU: a thriving business. Outsourcing and privatisation of migrant detention" / "Il fiorente business della detenzione dei migranti nell’Unione europea" (written by Migreurop, the European and African migration network; published in November 2016 by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels Office - more information about the publication here), which maps the rise of the privatised migration detention business across the European Union.

For example, in Italy, where the Mafia Capitale scandal revealed the hold of mafia networks on the Italian detention market; and in France, where a construction company hired undocumented migrant workers to build a detention centre that would later hold the very same migrants. The report analyses the impact of this trend on migrants, and on our politics and society in general.

Friday, 12 May 5:00 – 7:15 pm
Area Marina Protetta del Plemminio Castello Maniace, Ortigia, Siracusa


Session 1 | Administrative detention and privatisation: the case of France, the United Kingdom and the Balkans

Moderator: Annalisa Camilli (Internazionale)
17:00-17:10 – Florian Horn (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels Office): Introduction
17:10-17:30 – Lydie Arbogast (Migreurop): current tendencies of administrative detention in Europe, presentation of the 6th edition of the Italian "Mappa dei Campi di Migreurop ed il rapporto" and the report "Il fiorente business della detenzione dei migranti nell’Unione europea. Subappalto e privatizzazione della reclusione degli stranieri"
17:30-17:40 – Bill Mac Keith (Close Campsfield Campaign): the case of the United Kingdom
17:40-17:50 – Caroline Maillary (Gisti): the case of France
17:50-18:00 – Morgane Dujmovic (geografa, Telemme, Migreurop): administrative detention in the Balkans
18:00-18:30 – Questions & Answers

Session 2 | Administrative detention in Italy: current situation and outlook, main criticism and recommendations

18:30-19:00 – Annalisa Camilli (Internazionale) interviews Senatore Luigi Manconi, president of the Commission for the protection and promotion of human rights of the Senate, who has published the report "Rapporto sui centri di identificazione ed espulsione in Italia" ("Report on identification and expulsion centres in Italy)
19:00-19:15 – Questions & Answers

Simultaneous interpretation to English, French and Italian