Madagascar

Not Available

Immigration detainees

2019

Not Available

Detained children

2017

172

New asylum applications

2019

113

Refugees

2019

34,934

International migrants

2019

Overview

Madagascar hosts a small number of asylum seekers and refugees, who mainly come from Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia. There is no functioning asylum system, so although the Ministry of Interior is responsible for immigration matters it does not provide protection or assistance for asylum seekers. In 2018, the UN Committee on Migrants Workers noted with concern that the country employs immigration detention without properly assessing the necessity or proportionality of this measure in individual cases or providing adequate information or data about the extent of its use.

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

21 December 2020

A Health Official Spraying a Shop Front in Toamasina in June 2020, (Rijasolo, AFP,
A Health Official Spraying a Shop Front in Toamasina in June 2020, (Rijasolo, AFP, "Madagascar Experiments with ‘Miracle Cure’ as Virus Overwhelms Hospitals," The Telegraph, 30 June 2020, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/madagascar-experiments-miracle-cure-virus-overwhelms-hospitals/)

After its confirmation of the first cases of COVID-19, in March 2020, the government cancelled all international flights and announced a lockdown in the capital, starting on 22 March. Authorities gradually relaxed these measures, allowing schools and stores to reopen and reducing curfews. This was followed by a surge in new COVID-19 cases across the country; authorities subsequently announced a new lockdown in July, including the closure of schools and universities and cancellation of all non-essential travel. As of mid-December 2020, Madagascar had recorded nearly 17,600 COVID-19 cases and 259 deaths.

In April, President Andry Rajoelina launched “Covid-Organics,” a tea based on the plant Artemisia annua containing antimalarial properties. According to the Telegraph, after only having conducted two weeks of trials, the president began promoting it to the Malagasy public.

According to the Malagasy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, some 2,400 nationals were stranded abroad in March 2020 as a consequence of the closure of national borders. On 12 November, the IOM reported that after being stranded for some nine months, 75 Malagasy women returned to the country from Saudi Arabia via a flight chartered by the IOM. In June, IOM supported the return of 177 Malagasy nationals from Kuwait and 54 Malagasy nationals from Lebanon in October.

The GDP has been unable to establish the extent to which detention facilities are used in Madagascar as part of immigration enforcement procedure or to obtain details on COVID-19 related measures taken to safeguard people in immigration custody. However, the use of detention in migration procedures has previously been reported. In its concluding observations in 2018, the Committee on Migrant Workers stated that it was concerned about: “(a) Detention for breach of migration legislation, without recourse to a supporting explanation appropriate to the individual case and based on necessity; (b) The lack of information on alternatives to the detention of migrant workers, including those in an irregular situation, especially for unaccompanied children and families with children; (c) The lack of information and the conditions and maximum period of administrative detention of migrants awaiting expulsion.” The Committee recommended that Madagascar: (a) Ensure that the detention of migrants is an exceptional measure of last resort applied for the shortest possible time … (b) Adopt alternatives to administrative detention for migrant workers and members of their families … (c) Ensure that, in exceptional cases where detention cannot be avoided, migrant workers and members of their families are placed in special facilities, that they are held separately from ordinary prisoners and that conditions of detention comply with the United Nations Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.”

As regards the country’s prison system, on 27 June 2020, the president granted official pardons to all male prisoners over the age of 60, all female prisoners over the age of 55, and prisoners that have already served more than 10 years, including those sentenced to life in prison. In addition, all detainees whose prison sentence is less than three months and all minors having served half of their sentence were also released. In consequence, hundreds of prisoners were released on the same day. However, the measure only concerns sentenced prisoners (representing about 50% of the carceral population) and excludes any prisoners sentenced for corruption, money laundering, embezzlement, murder, damage to natural resources, and repeat offenders.


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DETENTION, EXPULSION, AND INCARCERATION STATISTICS

Total number of immigration detainees by year
Not Available
2019
Total number of detained minors
Not Available
2017
Criminal prison population
22,000
2016
18,507
2012
17,703
2009
17,495
2006
19,971
2004
19,962
2001
20,109
1999
21,926
1996
18,370
1992
Percentage of foreign prisoners
0.1
2009
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
88
2016
87
2012
89
2009
95
2006
116
2004
125
2001
135
1999
160
1996
154
1992

DEMOGRAPHICS AND IMMIGRATION-RELATED STATISTICS

Population
27,700,000
2020
24,235,000
2015
International migrants
34,934
2019
32,100
2015
International migrants as a percentage of the population
0.1
2015
Refugees
113
2019
44
2018
43
2017
22
2016
10
2015
11
2014
Total number of new asylum applications
172
2019
34
2016
9
2014
Refugee recognition rate
100
2014
Stateless persons
0
2016
0
2015

SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD)
449
2014
Remittances to the country
432
2014
Unemployment Rate
2014
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in millions USD)
583.1
2014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)
154 (Low)
2015

DOMESTIC LAWS AND POLICIES

Legal tradition
Civil law
2017
Customary law
2017

INTERNATIONAL LAW

Ratio of relevant international treaties ratified
Ratio: 15/19
International treaty reservations
Reservation Year
Observation Date
ICESCR Article 13 1971
1971
2017
Individual complaints procedure
Acceptance Year
ICCPR, First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966 1971
1971
Ratio of complaints procedures accepted
Observation Date
1/9
2017
Relevant recommendations issued by treaty bodies
Recommendation Year
Committee on Migrant Workers §36. "The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Ensure that the detention of migrants is an exceptional measure of last resort applied for the shortest possible time, that grounds are specified in each case, giving the reasons why alternative measures cannot be implemented, and that the measure is reviewed in under 24 hours by an independent and impartial judicial authority; (b) Adopt alternatives to immigration detention for migrant workers and members of their families who have violated migration legislation and for those who are awaiting expulsion from the national territory; (c) Ensure that, in exceptional cases where detention cannot be avoided, migrant workers and members of their families are placed in special facilities, that they are held separately from ordinary prisoners and that conditions of detention comply with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules), in accordance with the commitments made in 2014 as part of the universal periodic review process (A/HRC/28/13, para. 108.118); (d) Include, in its next periodic report, detailed information, disaggregated by age, sex, nationality or origin or both, on the number of migrant workers currently held in administrative detention for immigration offences and on the place, average duration and conditions of their detention." 2018
2018
Regional legal instruments
Year of Ratification (Treaty) / Transposed (Directive) / Adoption (Regulation)
ACHPR, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights 1992
1992
ACRWC, African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child 2005
2005
Relevant recommendations of the UN Universal Periodic Review
Observation Date
No 2010
2017
No 2014
2017

INSTITUTIONAL INDICATORS