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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IMMIGRATION AND DETENTION-RELATED STATISTICS

Total number of immigration detainees by year
Not Available
2019
Total number of detained minors
Not Available
2017
Criminal prison population
500
2016
430
2012
Percentage of foreign prisoners
0.5
2007
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
257
2016
227
2012
Population
203,774
2020
193,000
2015
International migrants
4,035
2019
4,900
2015
International migrants as a percentage of the population
2.6
2015
Refugees
0
2016
0
2015
Total number of new asylum applications
0
2016
483
2015
Stateless persons
0
2016
0
2015

SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS

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

DOMESTIC LAWS AND POLICIES

Legal tradition
Civil law
2017
Customary law
2017

INSTITUTIONAL INDICATORS