Duration of detention

Bulgaria

Author

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

The maximum immigration detention period is 18 months, including extensions. Extensions after 6 months can only be ordered by the Administrative Court.

The amendments of the LAR in 2015 in practice have indeed safeguarded the registration of asylum applications and the release of the asylum applicants from the detention centres within 6 working days, in line with the adopted EU legal standards.1 As a result, in 2016 the overall detention duration of first asylum applicants prior to their registration decreased to 9 days on average, thereby observing the abovementioned registration deadline.

Average period of detention pending registration (days)

Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

Average detention period

45

11

10

9

Source: State Agency for Refugees.

As of the end of 2015, detention during the status determination procedure in closed reception facilities is limited by the law to the shortest period possible.2 There is not enough practice yet to conclude on its application by the authorities and the average detention duration within the asylum procedure, if ordered.

 

  • 1. Article 58(4) LAR, in force as of 25 December 2015.
  • 2. Article 45e LAR.

About AIDA

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detenti