What is The NextGen Index?
The NextGen Index is a comparative tool that ranks States on their progress in ending child immigration detention. The Index uses a standard scoring framework to assess the key factors that ensure national migration management systems are sensitive to the needs of children and, importantly, avoid child detention.
The scoring framework analyses the strengths and weaknesses of current systems in protecting and respecting the rights and best interests of the child at all times, regardless of their migration status. Scorecards are accompanied by tailored recommendations on how each country can improve their scores in the future. National scores will be updated each year to track a country’s progress over time.
The NextGen Index is an initiative of the Global Campaign to End Child Detention.
Read more about the methodology
See the Questionnaire for the Country Scorecards
How is a score determined?
Country scores are determined by a National NextGen Committee, with oversight by the Global NextGen Index Team.
The role of the National NextGen Committee is to score their national context using the standardised scoring framework, provide evidence and justification for those scores, consider and integrate the feedback from the Global NextGen Index Team, lead national government engagement strategy, and to promote the NextGen Index in the national context.
The role of the Global NextGen Index Team is to guide the National NextGen Committees to ensure they understand the Scoring Framework, to interrogate and strengthen score justifications, to ensure an appropriate quality and quantity of supporting evidence is provided, and to harmonise scoring across countries in light of international norms and diverse national contexts.
The scorecard is an NGO-led initiative, and responsibility for the transparency and accuracy of the data will lie with the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention and our Country Committee partners.
How did you choose which countries to score?
Ideally, we would have the resources to score all countries. However, resource limitations mean that we had to select a smaller cross-section of countries for the first year of scoring. Countries were chosen according to a variety of factors. Firstly, it was important that the international comparative aim was met by ensuring countries with a range of national contexts were represented. Second, it was important that the national civil society groups working on the issue of immigration detention were able and willing to complete the scorecard and believed it would be a useful tool to promote their national advocacy work. Finally, we chose some countries that are well known for either positive or negative practices regarding children. Some Country Committees undertook the scoring process but decided to only release the narrative component of the scorecard in line with national advocacy strategies and responding to current political contexts.
National NextGen Committees 2018
Brazil Individual Consultant: Junia Barreto, Individual Consultant: Mariane Quintao
France La Cimade
Ireland Jesuit Refugee Services Ireland
Lebanon Insan Association
Mexico Aldeas Infantiles SOS México, Asylum Access México, International Detention Coalition, Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México (REDIM), Sin Fronteras IAP
South Korea Advocates for Public Interest Law
United States International Detention Coalition, Individual Consultant: Dr Andrew Burroughs
Featuring amazing panelists representing country committees around the globe, and moderated by Leeanne Torpey, Coordinator of the Global Campaign, the webinar shared how countries were scored, important findings, and national advocacy strategies moving forward, featuring:
- Mariane Quintao, Brazil NextGen Committee
- Chando Mapoma and Caphas Njobvu , Zambia NextGen Committee
- Laetitia Van der Vennet, Belgium NextGen Committee