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Immigration Detention

The migration of a policy and its human impact, 1st Edition

Edited by Amy Nethery, Stephanie J Silverman


168 pages

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Before the turn of the century, few states used immigration detention. Today, nearly every state around the world has adopted immigration detention policy in some form. States practice detention as a means to address both the accelerating numbers of people crossing their borders, and the populations residing in their states without authorisation.

This edited volume examines the contemporary diffusion of immigration detention policy throughout the world and the impact of this expansion on the prospects of protection for people seeking asylum. It includes contributions by immigration detention experts working in Australasia, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It is the first to set out a systematic comparison of immigration detention policy across these regions and to examine how immigration detention has become a ubiquitous part of border and immigration control strategies globally. In so doing, the volume presents a global perspective on the diversity of immigration detention policies and practices, how these circumstances developed, and the human impact of states exchanging individuals’ rights to liberty for the collective assurance of border and immigration control.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of immigration, migration, public administration, comparative policy studies, comparative politics and international political economy.


'Immigration Detention meets the reader’s expectations in illustrating the geographical spread and diversity of immigration detention policies on a global scale by using a systematic, comparative approach, and by addressing legal and political developments, together with factual evidence from the field. The book demonstrates clearly the pressing need to advance and accelerate the debate on alternatives to immigration detention, and to discuss a greater accountability for States that fail to meet their international obligations. In sum, this work makes an important contribution to the field by providing a clear and well-documented analysis of migration detention policies throughout the world, and this development is most welcome.'

Rebecca Deruiter, PhD Candidate, Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy, Ghent University, International Journal of Refugee Law

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding immigration detention and its human impact Stephanie J. Silverman and Amy Nethery 1. ‘A Proud Tradition’? Immigration detention in the United Kingdom Melanie Griffiths 2. ‘Guarding the External Border’: Immigration detention in the Netherlands Galina Cornelisse 3. Games of Law and Repression: Immigration detention in France Nicolas Fischer 4. Balancing Control with Rights: Immigration detention in Finland Magdalena Kmak and Aleksi Seilonen 5. Fortifying the European Union? Immigration detention in Malta and Cyprus Cetta Mainwaring 6. At the Border of Fortress Europe: Immigration detention in Turkey Esra Kaytaz 7. Detention of asylum seekers en masse: Immigration detention in the United States Christina Haines and Anil Kalhan 8. Not so short and sweet: Immigration detention in Canada Janet Cleveland 9. Evolution Towards Higher Standards of Human Rights: Immigration detention in Mexico Juan Carlos Calleros-Alarcón 10. Breaching International Law: Immigration detention in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba Azadeh Dastyari 11. Mandatory, non-reviewable, indefinite: Immigration detention in Australia Robyn Sampson 12. At the Discretion of Management: Immigration detention in Indonesia Amy Nethery, Brynna Rafferty-Brown and Savitri Taylor 13. Illegality and its Uncertainties: Immigration detention in Malaysia Alice M. Nah 14. Australian Neo-Colonialism in the Pacific: Immigration detention in Papua New Guinea Savitri Taylor 15. The Expansion of Illegality: Immigration detention in South Africa Roni Amit 16. The Union of Securitization and Demography: Immigration detention in Israel Yonatan Berman and Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler

About the Editors

Amy Nethery is a Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Stephanie J. Silverman is a Course Coordinator at the Centre for Ethics, Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a Research Associate at the Detention and Asylum Research Cluster, Refugee Research Network.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights