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Czech Republic

The detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants was formally introduced in the Czech Republic in 1992 with the Act on the Residence of Foreigners, which permitted the detention of anyone issued an administrative removal order. Before joining the European Union’s Schengen zone in 2008, the Czech Republic made several changes to its legislation to bring it in line with EU standards on the administration and processing of irregular migrants and asylum seekers. These changes sanctioned the detention of asylum seekers and unidentified immigrants until their deportation . 

Czech Republic Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    352
    Detained minors:
    40
    Persons expelled :
    430
    International migrants:
    432800
    New asylum applications :
    753