Completed projects

Who Gets Detained? Increasing the transparency and accountability of Bulgaria’s detention practices of asylum seekers and migrants

23.04.2018

“Who Gets Detained? Increasing the transparency and accountability of Bulgaria’s detention practices of asylum seekers and migrants” funded by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) of the Network of European Foundations (NEF).

Project name: “Who gets detained? Increasing the transparency and accountability of Bulgaria’s detention practices of asylum seekers and migrants”

Conducted from: August 2015 to August 2016

Funded by: Network of European Foundations through the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM)

Leading organization: Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria (CLA)

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Goal: To increase the accountability and transparency of decision-making in the administrative detention of migrants in Bulgaria by (1) Creating evidence base on detention practices in Bulgaria, the legal and factual reasons for the detention and the officials’ decision-making process; (2) Disseminating information about migrant detention trends, practices, conditions, policies and legislation in Bulgaria; (3) Advocating for change: influencing detention practices by sharing the findings with institutional decision-makers and providing them with recommendations for principled decision-making in accordance with national and EU legislation.

Activities:

  • Conduct 80 interviews with current and past detainees and 10 interviews with decision-makers from MoI

  • Provide individual legal consultations and group information sessions in the detention centres

  • Create and maintain the website DETAINED

  • Conduct and publish a review of the jurisprudence at national level

  • Collect and publish statistics on immigration detention in Bulgaria

  • Carry out communications and media campaign on issues related to detention

  • Hold a seminar with decision-makers from MoI and other relevant institutions

  • Publish and disseminate final report

Publications: Final Report from the Project “Who Gets Detained? Increasing the Transparency and Accountability of Bulgaria’s Detention Practices of Asylum Seekers and Migrants”

Website: www.detainedinbg.com