Detention

Last update : March 2020

You can find more information on return, detention and control under the header ‘deportation’

When the police arrests you, always ask for your lawyer before you talk to the police. When you are in immigration detention, you will not know how long it will take.


The imprisonment may be up to 18 months. Usually, when the judge decides that there is no prospect on deportation, you must be released. This is often after 6 months, but can easily be extended another 12 months when the DT&V blames you for not cooperating on your own deportation. In prison you have the right to obtain a lawyer and medical support, although in practice the medical care is often not sufficient. You can receive papermail, and visitors. Then you should ask for permission and write down the name and date of birth of the person who wants to visit you. If you need to call, you will need money to buy special phone cards.

There is an organization with a hotline for people in immigrationdetention. If you have complaints about your treatment in detention you can contact 0800 3388776 (it’s for free for people in detention) More information: www.meldpuntvreemdelingendetentie.nl (in dutch).