The report is the result of a qualitative research based on the stories of 39 unreturnable migrants who have experienced detention in Belgium, France, Hungary and the United Kingdom.
Average Length of stay in detention, by country (months)
5 interviewees had spent only one month or less in detention. 15 had spent 2-6 months, 9 had spent 7 – 12 months, and 9 had spent more than a year in detention. The longest period of detention at the time of the interview was 36 months. 16 people were interviewed while still in detention. 23 had been released by the time of the interview.
Number of interviewees, by reasons of unreturnability
Number of interviewees, by age
Number of interviewees, by region of origin
Interviewees were from 28 countries altogether.
Average length of stay, by country (years)
Time spent in the country
The shortest time spent in the country of residence was less than a year, the longest was twenty years. Three interviewees arrived in their present countries of residence in 1993.