NGOs slam France over record migrant detentions and rights abuses

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In 2014, there were 49,537 people detained in what are called ‘administrative retention’ centres and units on mainland France and its overseas territories, an increase of 9% on 2013, according to a 122-page annual report produced by NGOs the Cimade, the French branch of the Order of Malta, France terre d’asile, Assfam and Forum Réfugiés, all of which provide humanitarian and rights assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers.