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Immigration Detention in France: Longer, More Widespread, and Harder to Contest

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KEY CONCERNS

• New legal provisions double the maximum length of immigration detention to 90 days and allow for the re-detention of people shortly after being released from a previous stay in detention.

• The new provisions fail to prohibit the detention of accompanied children, contrary to recommendations from national and international human rights bodies.

• A new asylum law adopted in 2018 lacks important safeguards for people seeking protection, which observers fear could lead to widespread detention of asylum seekers.

• Increased recourse to videoconferencing presents serious obstacles to mounting effective detention appeals.

• In the overseas territory of Mayotte, which deports thousands of people annually, there are exceptions in the application of immigration law, limiting procedural safeguards and leaving people vulnerable to abusive detention conditions.

Read the full report at the Global Detention Project