Boat migrants arriving in Malta are taken straight to detention if they lack an entry visa (asthey virtually all do). This report addresses their arbitrary, indiscriminate, and unfair detention. The report focuses on those who arrive in Malta by boat, as migrants who arrivein Malta by air for the most part are not detained, even if they enter under false pretenses or subsequently claim asylum. Asylum seekers who arrive by boat are detained for up to 12 months, and migrants who do not apply for asylum, or whose asylum claims are rejected,can be detained for up to 18 months. Under international law migrants who do not have permission to enter or stay in a country may be subject to detention, in certain circumstances, and also may be subject tosafeguards. However in Malta, the detention policy operates in an automated, indiscriminate, and blanket manner in violation ofinternational law.
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