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Bahamas

The British Commonwealth of the Bahamas serves as an important transit area for migrants from Cuba and Haiti, as well as increasingly from African countries, like Nigeria. It has strict immigration laws in place governing entry and residence, and the law provides for criminal sanctions for violations of its Immigration Act. Watchdog groups have reported appalling conditions at the country’s sole dedicated migrant detention facility—the Carmichael Road Detention Centre—and there have been numerous reports of abuse at the facility. Undocumented children are detained pending their removal from the country, as are asylum seekers while their claims are being processed.

Bahamas Quick Facts

  • International migrants:
    61300
    New asylum applications :
    50