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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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
1,423
2016
1,530
2013
Percentage of foreign prisoners
1.2
2014
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
158
2016
172
2013

DEMOGRAPHICS AND IMMIGRATION-RELATED STATISTICS

Population
900,000
2020
892,000
2015
International migrants
14,000
2019
13,800
2015
International migrants as a percentage of the population
1.6
2019
1.5
2015
Refugees
12
2019
4
2018
11
2017
7
2016
12
2015
13
2014
Ratio of refugees per 1000 inhabitants
0.01
2016
0.01
2014
Total number of new asylum applications
0
2016
11
2014
Refugee recognition rate
100
2014
Stateless persons
0
2016
0
2015

SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS

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

DOMESTIC LAWS AND POLICIES

Legal tradition
Common law
2017

INSTITUTIONAL INDICATORS