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In this editorial introduction, we provide a context for our special issue by outlining the major approaches and issues related to immigration detention in liberal, democratic states. We are concerned that there is no commonly accepted definition of detention, and so we endeavour to provide one...
Malta remains the only country in the European Union that maintains an 18‐month, mandatory detention policy for all irregular migrants upon arrival. This paper examines the role that detention has played in the Maltese government's response to the flows of irregular immigration to the island in...
In the summer of 2009, the British government introduced a new policy for managing foreign nationals imprisoned in England and Wales. Dubbed hubs and spokes, that policy reorganises the penal estate, concentrating non‐citizens in select prisons ‘embedded’ with full‐time immigration staff. The...
Immigration detention and deportation are central tenets of the British government's immigration strategy. Although in theory immigration detainees face imminent deportation, in practice many obstacles frustrate removal, prolonging the limbo of detention. Drawing on two years' anthropological...
Many migration policies in Western democracies can be categorised as what Matthew J. Gibney calls a ‘partialist’ approach to migration. Drawing from communitarian, conservative, and constitutionalist realist political theories, a partialist approach prioritises the interests and values of...
This paper argues that immigration detention results in immigration detainees being treated as anomalies within the liberal, democratic state – not only within detention centres but also post‐release. Given that most released detainees remain destitute and without entitlement or resolution of...
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