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Israel Immigration Detention

Israel has experienced important increases in migration flows from Africa, which has spurred passage of a number of restrictive measures. These have included the creation of a specialised immigration force tasked with deporting irregular residents, proposals to build walls along its borders to stem "infiltrations" by "illegal workers," and construction of new detention facilities.

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International migrants (2015): 2,011,700
New asylum applications (2014): 226

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No detention centres data available

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20,245

Criminal prison population

2015

  • Criminal prison population
NumberObservation Date
20,2452015
19,3582013


38.9

Percentage of foreign prisoners

2014

  • Percentage of foreign prisoners
PercentageObservation Date
38.92014


265

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

2015

  • Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
NumberObservation Date
2652015
2492013



8,064,000

Population

2015

  • Population
NumberObservation Date
8,064,0002015
7,700,0002012


2,011,700

International migrants

2015

  • International migrants
NumberObservation Date
2,011,7002015
2,046,9002013


24.9

International migrants as a percentage of the population

2015

  • International migrants as a percentage of the population
PercentageObservation Date
24.92015
26.52013


18,569

Refugees

2018

  • Refugees
NumberObservation Date
18,5692018
25,4732017
32,9092016
32,9462015
39,7162014
48,3252013


3.73

Ratio of refugees per 1000 inhabitants

2016

  • Ratio of refugees per 1000 inhabitants
NumberObservation Date
3.732016
52014
6.232013
6.542012


226

Total number of new asylum applications

2014

  • Total number of new asylum applications
NumberObservation Date
2262014
2,5932013
1,9992012


100

Refugee recognition rate

2014

  • Refugee recognition rate
NumberObservation Date
1002014


42

Stateless persons

2016

  • Stateless persons
NumberObservation Date
422016
882015
102014
142013

Domestic Law Expand all

Legal tradition Show sources
NameObservation Date
Civil law2017
Common law2017
Jewish law2017
Muslim law2017

Core pieces of national legislation Show sources
NameYear AdoptedLast Year Amended
Prevention of Infiltration (Offences and Jurisdiction) Law, 5714-1954, 8 LSI 133 (5714-1953/54). as amended19542014

Is the detention of vulnerable persons provided in law? Are they detained in practice? Show sources
NameIn LawIn PracticeObservation Date
Accompanied minorsProvidedNo2016

International Law Expand all

Ratio of relevant international treaties ratified
  10/19
Ratio of complaints procedures accepted Show sources
NumberObservation Date
02017
Relevant recommendations issued by treaty bodies Show sources
NameRecommendation ExcerptRecommendation Year
Committee against Torture45. The State party should take the legislative and other measures necessary with a view to ensuring that the detention of persons entering its territory irregularly is only used as a last resort, when determined to be strictly necessary and proportionate in each individual case, and for as short a period as possible.2016
Human Rights Committee

§20 […] (d) Ensure that the new legislation abolishes the system of automatic detention of asylum seekers and requires that in each case, detention is reasonable, necessary and proportionate in light of the circumstances, and reassessed as it extends in time

2014
Committee on the Rights of the Child

§70 […](d) Cease with immediate effect the detention of children on the basis of their immigration status; (e) Conduct individual assessments and evaluations of the best interests of the child at all decision stages of the migration process affecting children, and with the involvement of child protection professionals, the judiciary as well as children themselves. Primary consideration should also be given to the best interests of the child in any proceeding resulting in the child’s or their parents’ detention, return or deportation;

2013

Relevant recommendations of the UN Universal Periodic Review Show sources
Recomendation IssuedYear IssuedObservation Date
No20092017
Yes20132017

Institutions Expand all

Custodial authority Show sources
AgencyMinistryMinistry TypologyObservation Date
Interior MinistryInterior or Home Affairs2011
Ministry of InteriorInterior or Home Affairs2009
Detention Facility Management Show sources
Entity NameEntity TypeObservation Date
Israel Prison ServiceGovernmental2016
Ministry of InteriorGovernmental2016
Israel Prison ServiceGovernmental2011
Immigration AdministrationGovernmental2011
Israeli immigration policeGovernmental2010
Immigration PoliceGovernmental2009
Israel Prison ServiceGovernmental2008
Immigration AdministrationGovernmental2003
Types of detention facilities used in practice
Immigration detention centre (Administrative)Immigration field office (Administrative)Transit centre (Administrative)Reception centre (Administrative)Offshore detention centre (Administrative)Hospital (Administrative)Border guard (Administrative)Police station (Criminal)National penitentiary (Criminal)Local prison (Criminal)Juvenile detention centre (Criminal)Informal camp (Ad hoc)Immigration detention centre (Ad hoc)Surge facility (Ad hoc)Observation Date
2015

Socio Economic Data Expand all

Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD) Show sources
Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD)Observation Date
37,2082014
47,4002013
Remittances to the country Show sources
Remittances to the country (in millions USD)Observation Date
1,4752011
Remittances from the country Show sources
Remittances from the country (in millions USD)Observation Date
3,7392010
Unemployment Rate Show sources
Unemployment RateObservation Date
2014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP) Show sources
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)UNDP four-tiered rankingObservation Date
18Very high2015
19Very high2014

Pew Global Attitudes Poll on Immigration Show sources
% who agree with the statement “We should restrict and control entry of people into our country more than we do now.”Observation Date
742013

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