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Swiss research on relationship betwn detention & return

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:39 pm    Post subject: Swiss research on relationship betwn detention & return Reply with quote

Hi Anita,

I hope that you doing well.

Below are details of Swiss research which shows that use of detention does
not lead to increased rates of return - and rates of return actually reduce
as the length of detention increases!

This might be of interest to some of the Refugee Studies students. Please


Dear friends

It has been a pleasure to meet some of you in Glasgow.

As promissed I herewith send you the links to the research made by the
"Swiss parlamentary control" on detention. It has been published in German

and French:

Very briefly the main findings:

* The research has been effectuated by the Swiss parlamentary control.
This instance can control the effectiveness of laws approved by the
parliament. Detention and other measures to ensure removal fall into the
competency of the Cantons. The research choose five different Cantons
(French and German speaking, Cantons with relatively big towns or more rural
Cantons). The practice of the Cantons differs widely: There are Cantons that
make very often use of detention and others who rarely use it.

* In all the Cantons between 60 and 80 percents of all ordered
detention do not last longer than one month. In those cases the rates of
successful removals reach 80 to 90 percents. The effectiveness of detention
reduces continually as longer as detention lasts.

* Rates of sucessful returns differ unsignificantly between Cantons

who often use detention and others who rarely use it. Costs don't! Geneva
who relatively seldom used detention (7 %) had succesful removals in 11 % of
the cases, whereas Zurich, who very often (95 % ) used detention, shows not
a significantly higher rate (13 % ). Detention costs about 70'000 Euro a
year per person depending on the Canton.

Based on the report of the Swiss parlamentary control a Commission of the
parliament took conclusions and made recommendations:

I hope this of good use for you and helps us to fight against a longer
custody in the returns directive.

Kind regards



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was reading this excellent report about returns from ECRE
The Way Forward - Europe’s role in the global refugee protection system - The Return of Asylum Seekers whose Applications have been Rejected in Europe

It cites research - Study on Comprehensive EU Return Policies and Practices for Displaced Persons under Temporary Protection, Other Persons whose International Protection has ended, and Rejected Asylum Seekers, Prepared by ICMPD for the European Refugee Fund, Final Report, January 2002, p.50.which suggests that:
To date there has been little demonstration of a direct correlation between low rates of return and the favoured destinations for asylum applicants in Europe either. Both Germany6 and Switzerland,7 for example, are relatively efficient in enforcing returns yet have attracted some of the highest levels of asylum applications throughout the 1990s. (ECRE page 10)

i.e. there is also no evidence to suggest that efficiently enforced returns count as a negative 'pull factor'
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Syria: Rejected asylum-seeker deported from UK sentenced to 12 years’
imprisonment after unfair trial
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