Detention as punishment : can indefinite detention be Greece’s main policy tool to manage its irregular migrant population ?
Title: Detention as punishment : can indefinite detention be Greece’s main policy tool to manage its irregular migrant population ?
Series/Number: Global Governance Programme; Midas Policy Brief; April 2014
External link: http://www.eliamep.gr/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Polic-brief-Detention-in-Greece-1.pdf
The challenges that Europe faces with regard to controlling irregular migration and providing protection to people in need are complex. An effective policy for irregular migration control includes arrest and return (through voluntary, semi-voluntary or indeed forced return) and it may seem to be best served by regular detention of apprehended undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers whose case is pending. At the same time, if this policy is to be in line with international obligations and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights it must provide for adequate services and safeguards so that those apprehended are informed of their rights including the possibility to apply for asylum, and are not routinely detained.
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