The five NGOs working in administrative detention centres in France, ASSFAM, Ordre de Malte, Cimade and ECRE members France terre d’asile and Forum réfugiés-Cosi, have published their 2015 detention report.

The report documents a continuing trend of large-scale detention pending deportation, with 47,565 persons deprived of their liberty in 2015. In the last five years (2011-2015), France has detained as many as 237,610 people, according to the organisations.

“We can observe that the number of persons being held in detention has remained stable during the last 5 years. This is worrying because it leads to a banalisation of detention. Of the 47,565 persons held in detention in 2015, only 11,449 were deported from France. It means that three quarters of the persons were detained illegally, in an abusive and unnecessary way before being released,” stated the organisations in a joint press release.

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The original version of this article appeared in the Asylum Information Database (AIDA).


 This article appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 8 July 2016. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.