The maximum duration of pre-removal detention (Abschiebungshaft) is 6 months, subject to a possibility of extension to a total of 18 months if the person hinders removal.
The maximum time limit for the duration of the custody pending departure (Ausreisegewahrsam) is 10 days.
Between 2018 and the first quarter of 2021, the average duration of detention was 22.1 days (see table below for a breakdown by year and Federal State). Statistics made available by Federal States further show that detention for a period of less than six weeks seems to be the rule, while cases of detention lasting longer than 6 months seem to be exceptional with only a handful of cases reported every year overall.
|Average duration in days of pre-removal detention: 2018 – Q1 2021|
|Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||N/A||N/A||less than 2 weeks||2-6 weeks|
Source: Federal Government, Reply to parliamentary question by The Left, 19/31669, 4 August 2021, 67-68
 Section 62(4) Residence Act.
 Section 62b(1) Residence Act, as amended by the Law of 20 July 2017.
 Federal Government, Reply to parliamentary question by The Left, 19/31669, 4 August 2021, 38 et seq.