Duration of detention


Country Report: Duration of detention Last updated: 25/04/22


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The maximum period of asylum detention is of 8 months. Families with children under 18 years of age may not be detained for more than 30 days. De facto detention in the transit zones has no maximum time limit.

In 2021, the average period of asylum detention was 43 days. According to the statistics of the NDGAP, there were no families with children placed in asylum detention.[1]

From March 2017 to 21 May 2020, asylum seekers who were de facto detained in the transit zone remained there until the end of their asylum procedure (Except for those who were detained at the time of the official closure of the transit zones. They were placed to open reception facilities due to the closure and their asylum procedures was still pending).




[1] Information provided by NDGAP on 2 March 2021 and on 7 February 2022.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview 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