Duration of detention


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


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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] However no information is available for 2019.

For the entire population of persons in immigration detention, average detention periods in 2018 were shorter:


Average duration of immigration detention (days): 2018


Total population


Reception Centre for Foreigners Ježevo



Transit Reception Centre Tovarnik



Transit Reception Centre Trilj



Source: Ministry of Interior, Border Directorate, 6 February 2019.


[1] Article 54(10) LITP.

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