Detention of vulnerable applicants


Country Report: Detention of vulnerable applicants Last updated: 30/11/20


Children and unaccompanied children asylum seekers cannot be detained in the Aliens Centre according to Article 84(2) IPA. However, they can be detained in the Asylum Home. In practice, unaccompanied children have also been de facto detained in the reception area of the Asylum Home for periods reaching up to 15 days until the lodging of their asylum application.

Victims of torture and other vulnerable people can be detained in the Aliens Centre, but according to the law special attention has to be paid to their health, including their mental health, and regular monitoring and appropriate assistance guaranteed taking into account their specific circumstances.[1]

Unaccompanied minors cannot be detained in the Aliens Centre if they lodged the application for international protection. Other minors and unaccompanied children who are detained in the Aliens Centre are considered as potential victims of trafficking. In 2019, two foreigners with mental health problems were detained in the Aliens Centre and were both provided with psycho-social support, health checks and examination with a psychiatrist. One LGBT foreigner was also detained.[2]


[1]  Article 84(8) IPA.

[2]  Official statistics provided by the Police, January 2020.


Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the first report
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation