Women’s immigration detention in Greece: Gender, control and capacity

Mary Bosworth, Andriani Fili, Sharon Pickering

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Despite sustained media and political interest in Greece as a key site of European border security, there is little academic scholarship about daily life in Greek detention centres. In this article we start to fill this gap, drawing on fieldwork conducted in Athens’ Central Holding Centre for immigrants, Petrou Ralli, in 2012. This chapter also contributes to feminist criminological accounts of border control that suggest that women and men’s experiences diverge in important ways, particularly in relation to experiences of immigration detention. What are women’s needs in detention? How do those who work in the detention centre view the women they lock up? What obstacles do detainees face, as women? How do they interpret their experiences? Using testimonies from detainees and the staff who work with them, we unveil the human impact of policies being implemented in response to transnational pressures from Brussels and to more local problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImmigration Detention, Risk and Human Rights
Subtitle of host publicationStudies on Immigration and Crime
EditorsMaria Joao Guia, Robert Koulish, Valsamis Mitsilegas
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319246901
ISBN (Print)9783319246888
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Border police
  • Gender
  • Greece
  • Immigration detention
  • Women

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