Detention is a deprivation of the liberties of foreign citizens for reasons pertaining to their migrant status. Foreigners entering or staying without papers, and often even asylum seekers are detained in the Identification and Expulsion Centres (CIEs) to be repatriated. Therefore, these are not reception facilities, but actual detention centres,
Seven CIES are currently operating in Italy: Turin, Rome, Crotone, Bari, Brindisi, Trapani and Caltanissetta. The two CIEs in Milan and Gradisca will be reopened according to Italy’s Roadmap. Foreign citizens can be detained up to 90 days, a limit that has drastically reduced from 18 months. Detention of asylum seekers can last up to 12 months. Tragically, the time of detention actually depends on how long it takes for the asylum request to be processed.