Samoa

Not Available

Immigration detainees

2019

Not Available

Detained children

2017

4,035

International migrants

2019

203,774

Population

2020

Overview

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

26 September 2020

WHO Staff Member Demonstrating Handwashing to Children During the COVID-19 Assessment in Upolu, (WHO,
WHO Staff Member Demonstrating Handwashing to Children During the COVID-19 Assessment in Upolu, (WHO, "COVID-19 Preparedness - Supporting the Vulnerable in Samoa," 23 September 2020, https://www.who.int/westernpacific/about/how-we-work/pacific-support/news/detail/23-09-2020-covid-19-preparedness---supporting-the-vulnerable-in-samoa)

Having closed its borders in March to prevent a domestic outbreak, as of October 2020 Samoa remained one of a small number of countries that had yet to report any Covid-19 cases (along with other Pacific island nations, including Palau [see 29 September update on this platform]). Although the country is a signatory to the Refugee Convention, Samoa has not historically been a destination for asylum seekers or refugees. There is little available information about the treatment of migrants or asylum seekers in immigration enforcement procedures in Samoa.


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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)
500
2016
430
2012
Percentage of Foreign Prisoners (Year)
0.5
2007
Prison Population Rate (per 100,000 of National Population)
257
2016
227
2012

POPULATION DATA

Population (Year)
203,774
2020
193,000
2015
International Migrants (Year)
4,035
2019
4,900
2015
International Migrants as Percentage of Population (Year)
2.6
2015
Refugees (Year)
0
2016
0
2015
New Asylum Applications (Year)
0
2016
483
2015
Stateless Persons (Year)
0
2016
0
2015

SOCIO-ECONOMIC DATA & POLLS

Gross Domestic Product per Capita (in USD)
4,172
2014
Remittances to the Country
140
2014
Net Official Development Assistance (ODA) (in Millions USD)
92.7
2014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)
105 (Medium)
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
CAT, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
2019
2019
OP CRC Communications Procedure
2016
2018
VCCR, Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
1987
2017
ICCPR, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
2008
2017
CEDAW, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
1992
2017
CRC, Convention on the Rights of the Child
1994
2017
CRPD, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
2016
2017
ICPED, International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
2012
2017
CRSR, Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
1988
2017
Ratio of relevant international treaties ratified
Ratio: 9/19
Treaty Reservations
Reservation Year
Observation Date
CRC Article 28 1994
1994
2017
Ratio of Complaints Procedures Accepted
Observation Date
0/5
2017

NON-TREATY-BASED INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS

Relevant Recommendations from the UN Universal Periodic Review
Observation Date
No 2011
2017
No 2016
2017

REGIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS

GOVERNANCE SYSTEM

Legal Tradition(s)
Civil law
2017
Customary law
2017

DETENTION COSTS

OUTSOURCING

FOREIGN SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR DETENTION OPERATIONS