Fiji

Not Available

Immigration detainees

2019

Not Available

Detained children

2017

12

Refugees

2019

14,000

International migrants

2019

900,000

Population

2020

Overview

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

10 September 2020

L. Rawalai, “Inmates Reconnect with Families Online,” The Fiji Times, 17 July 2020, https://www.fijitimes.com/inmates-reconnect-with-families-online/
L. Rawalai, “Inmates Reconnect with Families Online,” The Fiji Times, 17 July 2020, https://www.fijitimes.com/inmates-reconnect-with-families-online/

There is little available information about the treatment of migrants or asylum seekers in immigration enforcement procedures in Fiji. Throughout the pandemic, hundreds of people have been arrested and charged for breaching laws and regulations on self-isolation, quarantine, or movement restrictions. Prisons have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, and the Red Cross has assisted the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) with donations of hygiene products (body and laundry soap), disinfection material (hand sanitiser, chlorine, and bleach), and PPE (disposable aprons) for use by detainees and prison staff. The UN Development Program has also supported the FCS by providing laptops and data packages so that the service can set up remote conferencing facilities for use by inmates. The small handful of Covid-19 cases that have been detected in the country (32 in total as of 9 September) have largely been amongst arriving passengers. Most recently, several Fijian nationals on a repatriation flight from India tested posted. To date, Fiji has maintained strict travel restrictions for foreigners, and the nationwide curfew imposed in March remains in place.


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ENFORCEMENT DATA

Total Detainees/ Stock & Flow (Year)
Not Available
2019
Total Number of Children Placed in Immigration Detention (Year)
Not Available
2017
Criminal Prison Population (Year)
1,423
2016
1,530
2013
Percentage of Foreign Prisoners (Year)
1.2
2014
Prison Population Rate (per 100,000 of National Population)
158
2016
172
2013

POPULATION DATA

Population (Year)
900,000
2020
892,000
2015
International Migrants (Year)
14,000
2019
13,800
2015
International Migrants as Percentage of Population (Year)
1.6
2019
1.5
2015
Refugees (Year)
12
2019
4
2018
11
2017
7
2016
12
2015
13
2014
Ratio of Refugees Per 1000 Inhabitants (Year)
0.01
2016
0.01
2014
New Asylum Applications (Year)
0
2016
11
2014
Refugee Recognition Rate (Year)
100
2014
Stateless Persons (Year)
0
2016
0
2015

SOCIO-ECONOMIC DATA & POLLS

Gross Domestic Product per Capita (in USD)
5,112
2014
Remittances to the Country
209
2014
Unemployment Rate
2014
Net Official Development Assistance (ODA) (in Millions USD)
92
2014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)
90 (High)
2015

B. Attitudes and Perceptions

MIGRATION-RELATED DETENTION

LEGAL & REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

GROUNDS FOR MIGRATION-RELATED DETENTION

LENGTH OF MIGRATION-RELATED DETENTION

MIGRATION-RELATED DETENTION INSTITUTIONS

PROCEDURAL STANDARDS & SAFEGUARDS

DETENTION MONITORS

TRANSPARENCY

READMISSION/RETURN/EXTRADITION AGREEMENTS

COVID-19

HEALTH CARE

COVID-19 DATA

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

International Treaties Ratified
Ratification Year
Observation Date
ICRMW, International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
2019
2019
ICCPR, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
2018
2018
ICESCR, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
2018
2018
CTOCSP, Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
2017
2018
CTOCTP, Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children
2017
2018
CRPD, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
2017
2017
VCCR, Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
1972
2017
ICERD, International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
1973
2017
CEDAW, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
1995
2017
CRC, Convention on the Rights of the Child
1993
2017
CRSR, Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
1972
2017
CRSSP, Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons
1972
2017
CAT, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
2016
2016
Ratio of relevant international treaties ratified
Ratio: 13/19
Ratio of Complaints Procedures Accepted
Observation Date
0/3
2017

NON-TREATY-BASED INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS

Relevant Recommendations from the UN Universal Periodic Review
Observation Date
No 2010
2017
No 2014
2017

REGIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS

GOVERNANCE SYSTEM

Legal Tradition(s)
Common law
2017

DETENTION COSTS

OUTSOURCING

FOREIGN SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR DETENTION OPERATIONS