WHICH EUROPEAN COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FOREIGN PRISONERS?

How does Britain compare with its peers when it comes to jailing foreigners?

 

Foreigners are often regarded with suspicion. And foreign prisoners with even more suspicion (and sometimes outright xenophobia and racism).

But which European country jails the most foreigners? Below is a ranking of foreign prisoners by percentage of the total prison population.

But first one important caveat. It is impossible to obtain up-to-date, consistent data for all European countries, especially eastern European ones. So we found the latest and best available data – most of it from 2012 or later – from the International Centre for Prison Studies.

 

FOREIGN PRISONERS IN WESTERN EUROPE

 

Three countries in western Europe stand out for incarcerating the most foreigners: Switzerland, Luxembourg and Greece. The first two are very small countries that have many foreign inhabitants while Greece is on the frontline of EU immigration.

 

FOREIGN PRISONERS (% of total prisoners)

Source: International Centre for Prison Studies

Source: International Centre for Prison Studies

 

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland imprison relatively few foreigners. 

The largest European countries and the Scandinavian countries all jail more.

Technically, Monaco and Andorra have higher proportions of foreign inmates, but we removed them due to their miniscule sizes.

 

AND NOW FOR GREATER EUROPE

 

Britain locks up fewer foreigners than most of its western European peers, but how does it compare with less developed European countries?

 

FOREIGN PRISONERS (% of total prisoners)

Source: International Centre for Prison Studies

Source: International Centre for Prison Studies

 

England & Wales imprison more foreigners than most eastern European countries. This may reflect the fact that there are more foreigners in England & Wales.

Northern Ireland jails more foreigners than Russia and Scotland more than Belarus. Poland and Romania incarcerate the fewest foreigners.

More articles will follow soon.

 

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