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Crime > Prisoners > Foreign prisoners: Countries Compared

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Why is Andorra throwing so many foreigners into its prisons? Is there a smuggling problem? Are legions of tourists flagrantly breaking the law? It seems doubtful.

Though almost 84 percent of the inmates of the country’s prisons are foreigners, that translates into a mere 51 people, since there are only 61 prisoners in Andorra.

Besides, a large proportion of Andorra’s residents are foreign (Spanish nationals make up more than 40 percent of the population). It is estimated that there are more than 4,000 immigrants without work or residence permits in Andorra, because the government immigration quotas are much lower than the number of available jobs. So it’s likely that many of the foreign prisoners are Spanish or facing immigration-related charges or both.

DEFINITION: Prisoners who are foreign nationals, expressed as a percentage share of total prison population. Data for 2003..

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 AndorraAndorra 83.6% 2003
2 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 70.8% 2003
3 The GambiaThe Gambia 66.7% 2003
4 LuxembourgLuxembourg 63.9% 2003
5 QatarQatar 55.6% 2003
6 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 50.9% 2003
7 BotswanaBotswana 47% 2003
8 CyprusCyprus 42.9% 2003
9 GreeceGreece 42.4% 2003
10 BelgiumBelgium 40.9% 2003
11 MalaysiaMalaysia 39.6% 2003
12 NetherlandsNetherlands 36.4% 2003
13 LebanonLebanon 36.1% 2003
14 EstoniaEstonia 35.8% 2003
15 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 35.3% 2003
16 MaltaMalta 35% 2003
17 AustriaAustria 33% 2003
18 ItalyItaly 30.1% 2003
19 GermanyGermany 29.9% 2003
Eurozone averageEurozone average 27.95% 2003
20 LibyaLibya 27.2% 2003
21 SwedenSweden 27.2% 2003
22 SpainSpain 25.4% 2003
23 IsraelIsrael 24.9% 2003
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 22.55% 2003
24 JordanJordan 22.1% 2003
25 FranceFrance 21.4% 2003
European Union averageEuropean Union average 21.16% 2003
26 OmanOman 20.3% 2003
27 SingaporeSingapore 19.9% 2003
28 SurinameSuriname 19.3% 2003
NATO countries averageNATO average 17.22% 2003
29 DenmarkDenmark 16.3% 2003
30 SloveniaSlovenia 15.3% 2003
31 NorwayNorway 15% 2003
32 BarbadosBarbados 14.3% 2003
33 PortugalPortugal 12% 2003
34 CroatiaCroatia 11.8% 2003
35 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 9.4% 2003
36 IcelandIceland 9.3% 2003
37 PanamaPanama 9.1% 2003
38 Costa RicaCosta Rica 8.7% 2003
39 FinlandFinland 7.9% 2003
40 SenegalSenegal 7.5% 2003
41 LesothoLesotho 6.6% 2003
42 JapanJapan 6.5% 2003
43 NamibiaNamibia 5.5% 2003
44 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 5.2% 2003
45 New ZealandNew Zealand 5.2% 2003
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 5.11% 2003
46 ZimbabweZimbabwe 4.8% 2003
47 HungaryHungary 4.4% 2003
48 JamaicaJamaica 4% 2003
49 MauritiusMauritius 3.4% 2003
50 ThailandThailand 2.9% 2003
51 UgandaUganda 2.9% 2003
52 ChileChile 2.9% 2003
53 BelarusBelarus 2.6% 2003
54 SlovakiaSlovakia 2.3% 2003
55 South AfricaSouth Africa 2.1% 2003
56 BulgariaBulgaria 2% 2003
57 TongaTonga 1.8% 2003
58 TurkeyTurkey 1.7% 2003
59 RussiaRussia 1.7% 2003
60 LithuaniaLithuania 1.6% 2003
61 UkraineUkraine 1.6% 2003
62 PolandPoland 1.5% 2003
63 SwazilandSwaziland 1.4% 2003
64 GeorgiaGeorgia 1.4% 2003
65 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 1.4% 2003
66 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 1.3% 2003
67 ChadChad 1.3% 2003
68 AlgeriaAlgeria 1.3% 2003
69 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 1.3% 2003
70 MexicoMexico 0.9% 2003
71 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 0.8% 2003
72 RomaniaRomania 0.7% 2003
73 PhilippinesPhilippines 0.6% 2003
74 ColombiaColombia 0.6% 2003
75 LatviaLatvia 0.6% 2003
76 GuyanaGuyana 0.6% 2003
77 IndonesiaIndonesia 0.5% 2003
78 United StatesUnited States 0.5% 2003
79 AlbaniaAlbania 0.4% 2003
80 BrazilBrazil 0.4% 2003
81 RwandaRwanda 0.3% 2003
82 TanzaniaTanzania 0.2% 2003
83 ArmeniaArmenia 0.1% 2003
84 ChinaChina 0.03% 2003
85 SudanSudan 0.0 2003
86 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 0.0 2003

Citation

"All countries compared for Crime > Prisoners > Foreign prisoners", International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Prisoners/Foreign-prisoners

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Why is Andorra throwing so many foreigners into its prisons? Is there a smuggling problem? Are legions of tourists flagrantly breaking the law? It seems doubtful.

Though almost 84 percent of the inmates of the country’s prisons are foreigners, that translates into a mere 51 people, since there are only 61 prisoners in Andorra.

Besides, a large proportion of Andorra’s residents are foreign (Spanish nationals make up more than 40 percent of the population). It is estimated that there are more than 4,000 immigrants without work or residence permits in Andorra, because the government immigration quotas are much lower than the number of available jobs. So it’s likely that many of the foreign prisoners are Spanish or facing immigration-related charges or both.

Posted on 23 Mar 2005

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

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