Place of detention


Country Report: Place of detention Last updated: 30/11/20


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There are currently two detention centres: Safi barracks, B Block, with a maximum capacity of 200 and Lyster Barracks. The facilities known as the Warehouses in Safi barracks were closed for refurbishment at the beginning of 2014 and are now reopened. Lyster Barracks, the other detention facility, was closed in mid-2015 because no more migrants were detained there but re-opened at the beginning of January 2020 to host the increased numbers of detainees.  

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-seeker arriving irregularly in Malta. Another section of the IRC remains open and accommodates families, among others.

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