Duration of detention


Country Report: Duration of detention Last updated: 26/06/23


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Article 54(9) LITP provides a maximum detention time limit of 3 months, which may be extended by another 3 months. Where detention is applied in a Dublin procedure, however, it cannot exceed 6 weeks from the establishment of the responsibility of another Member State of the European Economic Area. If an administrative dispute has been initiated, the time limit of 6 weeks shall be counted from the time the decision on dismissal becomes final.[1]

According to the Ministry of Interior the average duration of detention of applicants in 2018 was 3 months.[2]  In 2022, the average duration of the detention in the Reception Centre for Foreigners Ježevo was of 2 months, while in the Transit Reception Centre for Foreigners in Trilj and Tovarnik it was 3 months.[3]




[1] Article 54(10) LITP.

[2]  Information provided by the Ministry of Interior, 28 January 2019.

[3] Croatian Law Centre, The Croatian Asylum System in 2022 – National Report. The report was prepared as part of the project “Legal Assistance and Capacity Building for Access to Territory and Asylum in Croatia“, with financial support of the UNHCR Croatia: available in English at: https://bit.ly/434T7RL.

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