The present policy brief  seeks to shed light on an aspect of Greece’s irregular migration policy that has been under-researched; notably the costs and effectiveness of detention. It argues that investing heavily in a policy with no proven effectiveness, a huge financial cost and an equally high human rights cost is, at best, an ill-advised decision. Alternatives that are less costly and more effective do exist and Greece is strongly encouraged to further explore them.
Authors: Ms Danai Angeli and Professor Anna Triandafyllidou
Title of MIDAS Policy Brief: Is the indiscriminate detention of irregular migrants a cost-effective policy tool? A case-study of the Amygdaleza Pre-Removal Center