Commissioner calls for release of immigration detainees while Covid-19 crisis continues

Originally published by Commissioner for Human Rights on 25 March 2020

Summary

Statement from the Commissioner for Human Rights to review the situation of rejected asylum seekers and irregular migrants in immigration detention. Notes that immigration detention facilities generally provide poor opportunities for social distancing and other measures required to protect against COVID-19 infection. The Commissioner calls for the release of immigration detainees in the wake of the pandemic. Also notes that European Members should ensure that those released from detention are given appropriate access to accommodations and basic healthcare services.