Armed Conflict, Pandemic, and Immigration Detention

Azerbaijan lauds the operations at its immigration detention centres, which opened less than a decade ago. But with civil society tightly controlled, there are few independent reports detailing detention conditions.

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1,237

Immigration detainees

2019

Not Available

Detained children

2017

2

Long-term centres

2020

712

New asylum applications

2019

1,109

Refugees

2019

From Open Arms to Public Backlash

Despite being one of the only EU countries to openly embrace assisting refugees during the 2015 "crisis," Germany has since adopted a host of restrictive measures, including policies intended to increase removals, and an expansion of the range of facilities used to detain non-nationals.

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2,777

Immigration detainees

2018

15

Detained children

2013

11

Long-term centres

2019

165,857

New asylum applications

2019

1,146,682

Refugees

2019

COVID-19 Global Immigration Detention Platform

As Covid-19 spreads through communities across the globe, fundamentally re-shaping how societies operate, there are pressing concerns about the impact the pandemic is having on migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. These concerns have particular urgency in the context of border controls, detention measures, and deportation procedures.

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Pandemic Pushbacks

During the past decade, Algeria has employed increasingly punitive methods to limit the entry and stay of refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented migrants. Sometimes under threat of violence, tens of thousands of people have been forcibly deported in desert areas bordering Mali and Niger.

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Not Available

Immigration detainees

2019

Not Available

Detained children

2017

2,725

New asylum applications

2019

98,599

Refugees

2019

249,075

International migrants

2019

Using data and analysis to promote the human rights of immigration detainees

Every day, thousands of people are detained for reasons related to their immigration status: asylum seekers, migrants, refugees, and stateless persons. The GDP relentlessly pursues information about where they are locked up and how they are treated to ensure that their human rights are protected.

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News & Activities

UK: Plans to Replicate Australia’s Maligned Offshore Detention Regime Ignore a Long History of Failure and Suffering

Earlier this month, leaks revealed that the UK government has considered plans to send asylum seekers to offshore “processing” facilities stretching from Europe to North Africa to Asia, including in Moldova, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, and even Ascension Island and St Helena. According to the Guardian, which obtained the documents, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and […]

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Special Reports & Working Papers

Immigration Detention in the European Union

This book offers a unique comparative assessment of the evolution of immigration detention systems in European Union member states since the onset of the “refugee crisis.” By applying an analytical framework premised on international human rights law in assessing domestic detention regimes, the book reveals the extent to which EU legislation has led to the adoption of laws and practices that may disregard fundamental rights and standards. […]

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Special Reports & Working Papers

Physical Fences and Digital Divides: Final Report of the Global Detention Project Special Investigation into the Uses of Electronic Media in Today’s Migration Journeys

The “refugee crisis” helped spur a “tech turn” in how people travel across borders and how governments and others respond to these movements. Everyone from civil society organisations—including the Global Detention Project—and individual activists to humanitarian technologists, government officials, and international bureaucrats have experimented with social media and other new forms of digital technology to […]

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Crossing a Red Line
Special Reports & Working Papers

Crossing a Red Line

“Crossing a Red Line” is the final report of the Red Line Project, a collaborative initiative led by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee that was aimed at documenting the shift from “reception” to “detention” in EU border regions and the implications of this shift on asylum seekers. The project also counted on the participation of the Global Detention Project, the Bulgarian Foundation for Access to Rights, the Greek Council for Refugees, and the Italian Council for Refugees. […]

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Global Studies Institute 2019
Staff Publications

The Debate over Alternatives to Immigration Detention of Children

This essay addresses challenging questions surrounding efforts to promote “alternatives to immigration detention” in the context of children in administrative removal proceedings. Although there are important provisions in international law that provide protections for children in these procedures and arguably limit states’ resort to detention, there is no provision that expressly forbids the immigration detention […]

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