detention NL coverThousands of migrants are detained each year in the Netherlands because they are not permitted to enter the country and are detained at the border for that reason, or because they have to leave the Netherlands and may be expelled. Whereas the mental health sector aims at reducing and eliminating the use of isolation, it is still widely used in migrant detention centers. This joint study by Médecins du Monde the Netherlands, Amnesty International the Netherlands and the LOS Foundation shows that – despite the intention to prevent the use of isolation in detention – Dutch legislation, policy and practice have hardly changed in recent years.

This English summary report presents the main findings and conclusions of the study, and recommendations for changes. The complete research report in Dutch is available here.