HAL FAR, MALTA - JUNE 20: The entrance of the Lyster Barracks Closed Center, a detention center for immigrants in Hal Far (which translates as Rats' town), Malta, on June 20, 2011. All immigrants who enter in Malta illegally are detained. Upon arrival to Malta, irregular migrants and asylum seekers are sent to one of three dedicated immigration detention facilities: the Lyster Barracks Closed Centre, the Safi Closed Centre, and the Ta’kandja Closed Centre. Once apprehended by the authorities, immigrants remain in detention even after they apply for refugee status. detention lasts as long as it takes for asylum claims to be determined. This usually takes months; asylum seekers often wait five to 10 months for their first interview with the Refugee Commissioner. Asylum seekers may be detained for up to 12 months: at this point, if their claim is still pending, they are released and transferred to an Open Center.