100 years imprisoned innocently!

10.-12.05.2019: Country-wide Days of action “Abolish Deportation Detention!”

  • Erding – 10.05.: Film and Discussion (Flyer)
  • Mainz/Ingelheim – 11.05.: Demonstration – Starting 1pm at Schillerplatz Mainz (Link | FB-Event)
  • Dresden – 11.05.: Demonstration “100 Jahre sind genug!” (Link | FB-Event) with After Demo Space (Link | FB-Event)
  • Dessau – 11.05.: Intercultural Street festival “Spielplätze statt Haftplätze!” (Link| FB-Event)
  • Halle (Saale) – 11.05.: Demonstration and common travel to Dessau (FB-Event)
  • Glückstadt – 11.05.: Bicycle demonstration against deportation detention to Glückstadt, starting in Elmshorn and Itzehoe (Link | FB-Event)
  • Pforzheim – 11.05.: Demonstration against deportation detention “100 Jahre sind genug – Abschiebehaft abschaffen!” (Link)
  • Eichstätt – Demonstration against deportation detention 11.05. (Link)
  • Hannover – Manifestation against deportation detention 11.05. (Link | Flyer)
  • Darmstadt – 12.05.: Demonstration and solidarity event at the deportation detention centre Darmstadt-Eberstadt. Start: 1:30pm at Darmstadt-Eberstadt station (Link | FB-Event)
  • Büren (NRW) – 12.05.: Manifestation against deportation detention (Link | FB-Event)
  • Berlin-Schönefeld – 12.05.: Demonstration “Abolish custody pending deportation! For a (Dis)Orderly Return to Human Dignity and Solidarity!” (Link | Facebook | Twitter)

31.08.2019: Mass demonstration in Büren and Paderborn (Info here)

Our campaign „100 years of custody pending deportation” addresses everyone who supports already or wants to support imprisoned deportees and those who dream of a society without detention.
For 100 years this dream was denied. Now it’s time to become active together. In order to realize our dream, we need your support. Organize the events you prefer in order to step in against detention – events, activities, expositions, presentations, demonstrations, religious services…
We will be happy to support you in realizing your ideas by providing material or establishing contact to speakers. Do not hesitate to contact us!
Detention of deportees is a big injustice in Germany.
100 years already?!
What does “custody pending deportation” mean?
Here you can look up what exactly custody pending deportation means.
Where does the injustice take place?
Here you find a list of detention centers that are already working and such that are under planning.
What can I do?
Become active! We provide you with some material and ideas. Contact us!
Updates can be found on our blog.

What is custody pending deportation?

Innocent people in custody
Custody pending deportation means that the foreigner’s registration office or the federal police can lock somebody up before his or her deportation in order to facilitate the process of deportation. It is not a punishment but a safety measure.
In general, custody pending deportation is widely ignored but it will be extended in the next years. We have to put an end to both of this.
Putting foreigners into jail for not committing a crime, who do not want to be deported, is doubtful and against constitutional principles in general.
Therefore custody in Germany is unjust.
  • It is a disproportional act to put somebody to jail in order to simplify an administrative decision. This administrative decision is called deportation.
  • In order to put somebody into custody you need a “reasonable suspicion” that he or she might resist deportation. In practice there are several absurd and false allegations. One example was that the pure statement by the person concerned that she or he does not want to go back into their country served as sufficient reason to be put into custody.
  • Detainees in custody have to pay for their detention costs. In the city of Büren the price was 240 € per day.
  • Many refugees suffer of anxiety and depressions in custody pending deportation. They don’t know what will happen to them in the future, when they will be deported, what  they will expect in their country of origin or if, in the end, they might have the opportunity to stay in Germnay anyway. There are several (attempts of) suicides during custody.
  • The duration of custody is arbitrary. It depends on the time German and foreign offices need for preparing spare papers.
  • Generally speaking the duration of custody is 3 months and more. In the case of many countries of origin spare papers need to be organized.
  • The maximum length of custody is 1½ years: For example if the person affected (allegedly) prevents his or her deportation or if courts and authorities act or decide improperly. In the city of Büren 60% of deportees in detention are imprisoned unlawfully.
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Overview of Actions

Ongoing Actions

(See also as Blog)

  • 17.11.2018 (13h ’til 18h) – Mainz – Next federal Meeting
  • 8.12.2018 (13 Uhr) – Kiel – Demonstration “No detention centre in Glückstadt or anywhere else!” (Link here)

Past Actions

  • 28.10.2018 (ab 14 Uhr) –  Frankfurt – Networking Event Rhein-Main on 100 Jahre Abschiebehaft (Details)
  • 10.11.2018 (18 Uhr) – Dessau – Talk “Geschichte der Abschiebehaft” im AjZ , Schlachthofstr. 25, Dessau. Organised by  Dessau nazifrei
  • 11.11.2018 (16:30 Uhr) – Magdeburg – Talk/Movie/Discussion “100 Jahre Abschiebehaft – 100 Jahre Haft ohne Strafe” in Eine Welt Haus (Link)
  • Demonstration “Asylrecht verteidigen!” in Karlsruhe on 13.10.2018 (Call)
  • #unteilbar-Demo in Berlin am 13.10.2018
  • Reading “Die Suchenden” in Frankfurt am 11.10.2018 (dt. / frz.)
  • 22.9.18: Federal Meeting in Darmstadt, Kirchstraße 1 (Details)
  • 1.9.18: Demonstration in Bueren “Break the Isolation! Stop Deportation!”

Detention Centres

List of detention centres in Germany