Understanding Immigration Detention in the UK and Europe

  • Elspeth GuildEmail author


In a number of European states there appears to be substantial use of administrative detention against foreigners. In the UK, for example, at any given time there are likely to be between 2000 and 3000 foreigners in immigration detention. In total, the number of persons passing through immigration detention annually accounts for between 26,000 and 28,000 persons (figures for 2009–2011). In this chapter, I will examine the practice of detention in the UK with regard to the legal framework in Europe.


Detention centres Human rights Liberty of the person Immigration detention Private detention centres United Kingdom (UK) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen Mary UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.Radboud UniversityNijmegenNetherlands

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