Alternatives to detention


Country Report: Alternatives to detention Last updated: 30/11/20


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The Asylum Act foresees several alternatives to detention, which will be imposed based on an individual assessment prior to detention. Alternatives to detention are the following:

  1. Prohibition on leaving the Asylum Centre, a particular address, or a designated area;[1]
  2. Obligation to report at specified times to the regional police department, or police station, depending on the place of residence;[2]
  3. Temporary seizure of a travel document.[3]

The above-stated measures can last as long as there are Grounds for Detention under Article 87 of the Asylum Act but no longer than 3 months, and exceptionally could be extended for additional 3 months. An asylum seeker who has violated residence or reporting obligations can be detained in the Detention Centre for Foreigners.[4]

Such measures, however, have never been taken in practice as of the end of 2019

[1]           Article 78(1)(1) Asylum Act.

[2]           Article 78(1)(2) Asylum Act.

[3]           Article 78(1)(5) Asylum Act.

[4]           Article 79 Asylum Act.


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