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France Immigration Detention

France has one of Europe's oldest administrative immigration detention regimes, which dates back to the 1970s. Although experts laud the strong constitutional guarantees that are provided to immigration detainees, the annual number of detainees and the legal time limits for detention have increased significantly over the last 10 years. 

France Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    51,385
    Detained minors:
    3,381
    Immigration detention capacity:
    1,672
    Persons expelled :
    64,247
    International migrants:
    7,439,100
    New asylum applications :
    54,940