Immigration Detention in Turkey: Trapped at the Crossroad Between Asia and Europe

With one of the world’s largest migration detention systems, Turkey has long served as Europe’s reluctant refugee gatekeeper. This role has repeatedly been put on display, including in the wake of the refugee “crisis” in 2015, which culminated in the adoption of the controversial EU-Turkey refugee deal; and, more recently, after the 2021 Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, which spurred Turkey to extend border walls and engage in often violent pushbacks of Afghan refugees. […]

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Turkey Immigration Detention Data Profile (2020)

Turkey Detention Data (2020) The latest detention-related data from Turkey, including immigration and detention-related statistics, domestic laws and policies, international law, and institutional indicators. Related Reading: Turkey: Country Page Turkey: Country Report Turkey: COVID-19 Updates […]

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Submission to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers: Turkey

Global Detention Project Submission to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers 24th Session (11 – 22 April 2016) Consideration of State Report – Turkey Geneva, March 2016   Issues concerning immigration detention The Global Detention Project (GDP) welcomes the opportunity to provide further information in follow up to its 2013 submission[1] to the list of […]

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There and Back Again: On the Diffusion of Immigration Detention

From Mexico to the Bahamas, Mauritania to Lebanon, Turkey to Saudi Arabia, South Africa to Indonesia, Malaysia to Thailand, immigration-related detention has become an established policy apparatus that counts on dedicated facilities and burgeoning institutional bureaucracies. Until relatively recently, however, detention appears to have been largely an ad hoc tool, employed mainly by wealthy states in exigent circumstances. This paper uses concepts from diffusion theory to detail the history of key policy events in several important immigration destination countries that led to the spreading of detention practices during the last 30 years and assesses some of the motives that appear to have encouraged this phenomenon. […]

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Michael Flynn on the Diffusion of Immigration Detention