Place of detention


Country Report: Place of detention Last updated: 12/01/21


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Pre-removal and transit detention centres (“Reception Centres for Foreigners”)


Applicants for international protection are detained in the same premises as irregular migrants.[1]

There is a pre-removal detention centre (“Reception Centre for Foreigners”) in Ježevo, 30km from Zagreb, which has a total capacity of 95 places.[2] The centre has capacity to accommodate 68 men, 12 women and 15 vulnerable persons. The special wing for vulnerable groups in Ježevo was finalised at the end of 2015. This wing is aimed at detaining women, families and unaccompanied children.

There are also two Transit Reception Centres for Foreigners in Trilj and Tovarnik, close to the Bosnian and Serbian borders respectively. Both centres are considered as Reception Centres for Foreigners.[3] Each centre can accommodate 62 migrants, and include a separate wing for vulnerable groups with 12 places.[4]

The activities performed by these centres are defined by the Decree on Internal Organisation of the Ministry of Interior,[5] and it is envisaged that the Transit Reception Centres will serve for the detention of foreigners apprehended for irregular crossing of the EU’s external border until their transfer to Ježevo. This would mean that they are primarily intended for shorter accommodation of foreigners.


Airport transit zones and police stations


According to the information for 2018 provided by the Border Directorate of the Ministry of Interior,[6] places of deprivation of liberty for the accommodation of irregular migrants also include airport transit zones and premises in police stations. Special premises exist at Zagreb Airport (14 places) and at Dubrovnik Airport (6 places), while at other airports, space for international departure is in use for these purposes. The total number of persons whose entry was refused at the airports in 2018 was 468. The total number of refusal of entry in 2018 was 12,633, which also includes land (12,107) and sea (58). Only 24 appeals were submitted against decisions on refusal of entry, out of which 18 were rejected and none were accepted.

The total number of police stations at the end of 2018 was 184, while the total number of places where migrants can be detain in police stations is 162. In 2018, 1,243 migrants were deprived of liberty in police stations. However, there is no information available for 2019.


[1] Article 54(5)-(6) LITP.

[2] Information provided by the Border Directorate, 30 January 2018.

[3]ECRE, Balkan route reversed, December 2016, 17.

[4]  Information provided by the Border Directorate, 6 February 2019.

[5] Official Gazette 70/2012, 140/2013, 50/2014, 32/2015, 11/2017, 129/2017, 5/2018, 66/2018, 109/2018, 24/2019,66/2019,79/2019, Article 91, 595a, 303a.

[6] Information provided by the Border Directorate, 6 February 2019.


Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation