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Colombia Immigration Detention

Quick Facts


International migrants (2015): 133,100
New asylum applications (2016): 399

Centres List

No detention centres data available

Statistics Expand all



119,269

Criminal prison population

2017

  • Criminal prison population
NumberObservation Date
119,2692017
119,8152014
120,0322013
84,4442010
63,6032007
68,0202004
49,3022001
44,3981998
33,2581995
27,3161992


0.7

Percentage of foreign prisoners

2017

  • Percentage of foreign prisoners
PercentageObservation Date
0.72017
0.72014


236

Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)

2017

  • Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
NumberObservation Date
2362017
2462014
2472013
1812010
1422007
1592004
1212001
1151998
901995
781992



48,229,000

Population

2015

  • Population
NumberObservation Date
48,229,0002015


133,100

International migrants

2015

  • International migrants
NumberObservation Date
133,1002015


0.3

International migrants as a percentage of the population

2015

  • International migrants as a percentage of the population
PercentageObservation Date
0.32015


221

Refugees

2016

  • Refugees
NumberObservation Date
2212016
2262015
2132014


399

Total number of new asylum applications

2016

  • Total number of new asylum applications
NumberObservation Date
3992016
7202014


22.9

Refugee recognition rate

2014

  • Refugee recognition rate
NumberObservation Date
22.92014


11

Stateless persons

2016

  • Stateless persons
NumberObservation Date
112016
122015

International Law Expand all

Ratio of relevant international treaties ratified
  13/19
Individual complaints procedure Show sources
NameAcceptance Year
CEDAW, Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, 19992007
ICCPR, First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 19661969
Ratio of complaints procedures accepted Show sources
NumberObservation Date
2/9
2/9
Relevant recommendations issued by treaty bodies Show sources
NameRecommendation ExcerptRecommendation Year
Committee on Migrant Workers

§23. The Committee recommends that the State party take the necessary steps to ensure that migration status checks are conducted in a way that does not violate the rights of the persons concerned, particularly the right to integrity of the person. The Committee also recommends that the State party ensure that the procedures used when detaining migrant workers and members of their families who are in an irregular situation, including those who are in transit, are in accordance with articles 16 and 17 of the Convention. The Committee invites the State party to make sure that conditions in temporary migrant holding centres meet international standards.

2013
Committee on Migrant Workers

§21.The Committee noted that the centres run by the Administrative Department of Security (DAS) are used to detain migrants in an irregular situation. However, the Committee is concerned at gaps in the information provided by the State party with regard to the procedures for the detention of migrants by the Administrative Department of Security.

§22. The Committee invites the State party to provide detailed information on the procedures applied by the Administrative Department of Security for the detention of migrant workers and members of their families. The Committee would also like to receive detailed information on the registration system and the physical conditions of the facilities in which migrants are held in the DAS centres.

§23.The Committee notes that it is planned to establish a migrants’ reception centre in the near future.

§24. The Committee recommends that the State party finalize its plans for a migrants’ reception centre, so as to establish a special centre to receive migrant workers and their family members, which respects and guarantees the rights enshrined in the Convention.

2009

Regional legal instruments Show sources
NameYear of Ratification (Treaty) / Transposed (Directive) / Adoption (Regulation)
ACHR, American Convention on Human Rights1973
IACPPT, Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture1998
APACHR, Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights1997
CBDP, Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women (Convention of Belem do Para)1996
IACFDP, Inter-American convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons2005

Visits by special procedures of the Human Rights Council Show sources
NameYear of VisitObservation Date
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance19962015
Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences20012015
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance20032015
Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health20072015
Working Group on arbitrary detention20082015
Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions20092015
Relevant recommendations of the UN Universal Periodic Review Show sources
Recomendation IssuedYear IssuedObservation Date
No20092017
No2013

Socio Economic Data Expand all

Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD) Show sources
Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD)Observation Date
7,9032014
Remittances to the country Show sources
Remittances to the country (in millions USD)Observation Date
4,2322014
Unemployment Rate Show sources
Unemployment RateObservation Date
10.12014
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in millions USD) Show sources
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in USD)Observation Date
1,221.32014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP) Show sources
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)UNDP four-tiered rankingObservation Date
97Medium2015

Country Links

Government Agencies

Ministry of Interior, http://english.mininterior.gov.co/

International Organisations

UNHCR Columbia, http://www.acnur.org/donde-trabaja/america/colombia/

IOM Colombia Country Page, http://argentina.iom.int/ro/colombia

NGO & Research Institutions

Fundacion Esperanza, http://www.fundacionesperanza.org.co/index.shtml

SJR Colombia, http://www.sjrcolombia.org/

Norwegian Refugee Council Colombia, http://www.nrc.org.co/

Human Rights Watch Colombia, https://www.hrw.org/americas/colombia

Media

Semana, http://www.semana.com/


Additional Resources


Immigration Detention through the Lens of International Human Rights: Lessons from South America – Global Detention Project Working Paper No. 23

Why hasn’t South America witnessed the same growth in immigration detention regimes that has occurred in the rest of the world? This Global Detention Project Working Paper discusses developments across the region through the lens of international human rights standards.

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