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Crime > Prisoners > Foreign prisoners: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, 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 Andorra 83.6% 2003
2 Switzerland 70.8% 2003
3 The Gambia 66.7% 2003
4 Luxembourg 63.9% 2003
5 Qatar 55.6% 2003
6 Saudi Arabia 50.9% 2003
7 Botswana 47% 2003
8 Cyprus 42.9% 2003
9 Greece 42.4% 2003
10 Belgium 40.9% 2003
11 Malaysia 39.6% 2003
12 Netherlands 36.4% 2003
13 Lebanon 36.1% 2003
14 Estonia 35.8% 2003
15 Liechtenstein 35.3% 2003
16 Malta 35% 2003
17 Austria 33% 2003
18 Italy 30.1% 2003
19 Germany 29.9% 2003
Eurozone average (profile) 27.95% 2003
=20 Libya 27.2% 2003
=20 Sweden 27.2% 2003
22 Spain 25.4% 2003
23 Israel 24.9% 2003
High income OECD countries average (profile) 22.55% 2003
24 Jordan 22.1% 2003
25 France 21.4% 2003
European Union average (profile) 21.16% 2003
26 Oman 20.3% 2003
27 Singapore 19.9% 2003
28 Suriname 19.3% 2003
NATO countries average (profile) 17.22% 2003
29 Denmark 16.3% 2003
30 Slovenia 15.3% 2003
31 Norway 15% 2003
32 Barbados 14.3% 2003
33 Portugal 12% 2003
34 Croatia 11.8% 2003
35 Czech Republic 9.4% 2003
36 Iceland 9.3% 2003
37 Panama 9.1% 2003
38 Costa Rica 8.7% 2003
39 Finland 7.9% 2003
40 Senegal 7.5% 2003
41 Lesotho 6.6% 2003
42 Japan 6.5% 2003
43 Namibia 5.5% 2003
=44 Dominican Republic 5.2% 2003
=44 New Zealand 5.2% 2003
Emerging markets average (profile) 5.11% 2003
46 Zimbabwe 4.8% 2003
47 Hungary 4.4% 2003
48 Jamaica 4% 2003
49 Mauritius 3.4% 2003
=50 Thailand 2.9% 2003
=50 Uganda 2.9% 2003
=50 Chile 2.9% 2003
53 Belarus 2.6% 2003
54 Slovakia 2.3% 2003
55 South Africa 2.1% 2003
56 Bulgaria 2% 2003
57 Tonga 1.8% 2003
=58 Turkey 1.7% 2003
=58 Russia 1.7% 2003
=60 Lithuania 1.6% 2003
=60 Ukraine 1.6% 2003
62 Poland 1.5% 2003
=63 Swaziland 1.4% 2003
=63 Georgia 1.4% 2003
=63 Azerbaijan 1.4% 2003
=66 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1.3% 2003
=66 Chad 1.3% 2003
=66 Algeria 1.3% 2003
=66 Kyrgyzstan 1.3% 2003
70 Mexico 0.9% 2003
71 Sao Tome and Principe 0.8% 2003
72 Romania 0.7% 2003
=73 Philippines 0.6% 2003
=73 Colombia 0.6% 2003
=73 Latvia 0.6% 2003
=73 Guyana 0.6% 2003
=77 Indonesia 0.5% 2003
=77 United States 0.5% 2003
=79 Albania 0.4% 2003
=79 Brazil 0.4% 2003
81 Rwanda 0.3% 2003
82 Tanzania 0.2% 2003
83 Armenia 0.1% 2003
84 China 0.03% 2003
=85 Sudan 0.0 2003
=85 Papua New Guinea 0.0 2003

Citation

"Countries Compared by Crime > Prisoners > Foreign prisoners. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", 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, Staff Editor

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