Asylum seekers are often traumatized from experiences in their home country, and many travel to Hungary under the most excruciating conditions. We feel that this makes the state’s duty to protect them subject to a very high standard, and thinks that detention inherently means that this standard is not being met. We believe that the effects of incarceration can only be exacerbated in people that did nothing illegal, have been under immense psychological pressure for considerable time, and are new to Hungary.
Being imprisoned is a life-altering experience for anyone. But the more extreme the experience, the higher the chance that it will leave a permanent and irreversible psychological scar. Just like people adjust to the norms and values of the society they live in, inmates must also adjust to the culture inside a prison. This process, commonly referred to by academics as prisonization, has been studied extensively, but very few studies have focused specifically on asylum seekers. The basis for some of the most pervasive effects will be discussed in the following paragraphs.