Place of detention


Country Report: Place of detention Last updated: 19/05/21


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There are currently four detention centres: Safi barracks, (which include several facilities), Lyster Barracks, and China House.

No official data is available, but the capacity of detention has been increased regularly since 2018 to accommodate the new policy of systematic and automatic detention.

A section of the Initial Reception Centre also became a de facto detention centre in 2018 when the authorities decided to automatically detain all asylum seekers arriving irregularly in Malta. Another section of the IRC remains open and accommodates families, among others.

AWAS indicated that in 2020, the closed section of the IRC represents around 10% of the centre and is used to accommodate disembarked families for the necessary checks before accommodating them in reception centres. However, the CPT noted in their report that at the time of their visit, that the centre was mostly closed, detaining families, UAMs, women and pregnant women, and persons with disabilities waiting to be transferred to an open centre but also those awaiting medical clearance and those tested positive with Covid-19.

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