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From Irregular Stay to Removal through Detention: The Case of Spain as a Member State of the European Union
From Irregular Stay to Removal through Detention: The Case of Spain as a Member State of the European Union

Author(s): Rut Bermejo
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Security and defense, Migration Studies, Penal Policy, EU-Legislation
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Irregular migration; detention centers; deterrence policies; effectiveness; border control;

Summary/Abstract: The fight against human smuggling and irregular migration is a worldwide priority. Removal of persons irregularly living in a European country is said to be a means of deterring irregular migration. In this context, detention to secure removal of those who enter or stay irregularly is proclaimed to be an effective instrument in European policies. However, in the case of Spain, data collected and in-depth interviews show that detention of irregular/smuggled immigrants has a minor effect on the number of removals fulfilled. Thus, the idea that detention can work not only to increase return effectiveness but also as a deterrence measures seems to be unreal.

  • Issue Year: 15/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 321-332
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English