1. definition
  2. examples and/or illustrations
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  4. bibliography



  1. the act of detaining.
  2. the state of being detained.
  3. maintenance of a person in custody or confinement,especially while awaiting a court decision.
  4. the withholding of what belongs to or is claimed by another.

Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/detention?s=t  Accessed 15/03/2012

  1. A detaining or being detained.
  2. a) A custody or confinement, esp. of a suspect awaiting trial

b) (as modifier): a detention order

  1. A form of punishment in which a pupil is detained after school

Collins Concise Dictionary Plus. William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1989. Glasgow, 342

  1. (n.) Confinement; restraint; custody.
  2. (n.) The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity.
  3. (n.) The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding

Thinkexist.com http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/detention Accessed 15/03/2012

Synonyms: custody, hold


Examples and/or Illustrations

 The term used in a sentence:

The number of asylum seeker deaths in detention centres has increased since the new legislation was passed.  

“Migration-related detention is the practice of detaining—typically on administrative (as opposed to criminal) grounds—asylum seekers and irregular immigrants until they can be deported, their identities established, or their claims adjudicated. Because many national legal systems do not have clear rules for administrative detention, migration detainees often face legal uncertainties, including lack of access to the outside world, limited possibilities of challenging detention through the courts, and/or absence of limitations on the duration of detention.”


Other Useful Sources

Kalhan, Anil. 2010. “Rethinking Immigration Detention”. Columbia Law Review Sidebar110: 42-58

Showler, Peter. 2010. “Bill C-31: A Big New Refugee Bill but The Same Old Debate”. Maytree conversations. http://maytree.com/blog/2012/02/bill-c-31-a-big-new-refugee-bill-but-the-same-old-debate/

McGrath, Susan. 2012. “Refugee policies should be based on fact, not fiction: Academic research suggests detaining asylum claimants is expensive, harmful to claimants, and does not deter.” Embassy Magazine, March 29, 2012. http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/refugeepolicy-03-14-2012.



Collins Concise Dictionary Plus. William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1989. Glasgow, 342

Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/detention?s=t  Accessed 15/03/2012

Global Detention Project. http://www.globaldetentionproject.org/about/about-the-project.html Accessed 29/03/2012

Thinkexist.com http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/detention Accessed 15/03/2012


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