The Indefinite Detention of Undesirable and Unreturnable Third-Country Nationals in Greece
This article critically examines the use of immigration detention as a national response to the problem of “undesirable” – for public order and/or national Security reasons – but unreturnable undocumented third-country nationals in Greece. The Greek legislative framework surrounding immigration detention is analysed, as is the practice of the authorities on the ground. It is argued that Greek law and practice in their area is not in line with Greece’s international obligations, both under European Union law and Human Rights law. Alternate solutions which could be adopted to address the problem of “undesirable and unreturnable” undocumented third-country nationals are explored, as are improvements to the existing framework of immigration detention.