Women’s Immigration Detention in Greece: Gender, Control and Capacity

  • Mary BosworthEmail author
  • Andriani Fili
  • Sharon Pickering


Despite sustained media and political interest in Greece as a key site of European border security, there is little academic scholarship about daily life in Greek detention centres. In this article we start to fill this gap, drawing on fieldwork conducted in Athens’ Central Holding Centre for immigrants, Petrou Ralli, in 2012. This chapter also contributes to feminist criminological accounts of border control that suggest that women and men’s experiences diverge in important ways, particularly in relation to experiences of immigration detention. What are women’s needs in detention? How do those who work in the detention centre view the women they lock up? What obstacles do detainees face, as women? How do they interpret their experiences? Using testimonies from detainees and the staff who work with them, we unveil the human impact of policies being implemented in response to transnational pressures from Brussels and to more local problems.


Border police Gender Greece Immigration detention Women 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Bosworth
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andriani Fili
    • 1
  • Sharon Pickering
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for CriminologyUniversity of Oxford, Oxford Uk & Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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