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Netherlands Immigration Detention

Dutch detention practices have been among the most controversial in Europe and the country has been criticized for detaining large numbers of asylum seekers and minors. Until the 1970s, Netherlands’ immigration policy was considered lenient. However, since the 1980s, the country’s policies have grown increasingly restrictive. Concomitant with the restrictive policies has been growth in the country’s detention infrastructure, with the number of places of detention facilities growing from 200 in 1989 to more than 3,000 by 2007. However, the annual number of detainees has decreased significantly in recent years, from more than 8,000 in 2008 to just over 5,000 in 2012. 

Netherlands Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    5,420
    Detained asylum seekers :
    261
    Detained minors:
    402
    Persons expelled :
    9,635
    International migrants:
    1,964,900
    New asylum applications :
    13,102