Benin

Not Available

Immigration detainees

2019

Not Available

Detained children

2017

138

New asylum applications

2019

1,238

Refugees

2019

390,112

International migrants

2019

Overview

Types of facilities used for migration-related detention
Administrative Ad Hoc Criminal Unknown

Related Reading

26 May 2020

There is little available information about the treatment of migrants or asylum seekers in enforcement procedures in Benin. Shortly after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, on 21 March 2020, visits to prisons were suspended. In early May, more than 400 inmates were released to limit the spread of the virus. At the prison in the city of Natitingou, social distancing has been reportedly impossible to maintain due to overcrowding. All detainees have been requested to wear masks. Newly arrived individuals are quarantined, and are administered chloroquine for ten days.


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IMMIGRATION AND DETENTION-RELATED STATISTICS

Total number of immigration detainees by year
Not Available
2019
Total number of detained minors
Not Available
2017
Criminal prison population
7,067
2014
6,908
2010
6,083
2008
5,834
2006
4,336
2002
4,961
2000
3,778
1997
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
67
2014
78
2010
74
2008
74
2006
62
2002
76
2000
62
1997
Population
12,100,000
2020
10,880,000
2015
International migrants
390,112
2019
245,400
2015
International migrants as a percentage of the population
2.3
2015
Refugees
1,238
2019
1,174
2018
1,061
2017
799
2016
530
2015
415
2014
Ratio of refugees per 1000 inhabitants
0.07
2016
0.04
2014
Total number of new asylum applications
138
2019
327
2016
230
2014
Refugee recognition rate
86.1
2014
Stateless persons
0
2016
0
2015

SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD)
903
2014
Remittances to the country
216
2014
Unemployment Rate
2014
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in millions USD)
600.5
2014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)
166 (Low)
2015

DOMESTIC LAWS AND POLICIES

Legal tradition
Civil law
2017

INTERNATIONAL LAW

Individual complaints procedure
Acceptance Year
ICCPR, First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966 1992
1992
CRPD, Optional Protocol to o the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2012
2012
Ratio of complaints procedures accepted
Observation Date
2/7
2017
Regional legal instruments
Year of Ratification (Treaty) / Transposed (Directive) / Adoption (Regulation)
ACHPR, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights 1986
1986
ACRWC, African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child 1997
1997
APRW, Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) 2005
2005
Relevant recommendations of the UN Universal Periodic Review
Observation Date
No 2008
2017
No 2012
2017

INSTITUTIONAL INDICATORS