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.