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Prisoners: Repatriation

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 30998, tabled on 14 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders from each other EU member state serving a custodial sentence in the UK in each of the last 10 years have been transferred to serve the remainder of their sentence in another EU member state.

Answered on

12 May 2016

It is right that foreign criminals who break our laws are properly punished but this shouldn’t be at the expense of the British taxpayer.

Since 2007, a total of 402 foreign national offenders have been transferred from England and Wales to other EU Member States to complete their sentence, 73 under the EU Prisoner Transfer Agreement

The table below shows the number transferred to complete their sentence in each year since 2007. The comparable information is not available for the prior years.

EU Member States

Year of transfer 2007

Year of transfer 2008

Year of transfer 2009

Year of transfer 2010

Year of transfer 2011

Year of transfer 2012

Year of transfer 2013

Year of transfer 2014

Year of transfer 2015

  1. Austria

1

1

  1. Belgium

10

5

1

2

1

2

3

24

  1. Bulgaria

1

1

  1. Croatia

  1. Cyprus

2

1

1

1

5

  1. Czech Republic

1

1

4

1

2

1

10

  1. Denmark

1

1

  1. Estonia

  1. Finland

10 France

3

4

4

1

1

13

  1. Germany

2

4

1

1

8

  1. Greece

1

1

1

3

  1. Hungary

  1. Republic of Ireland

5

4

1

2

1

13

  1. Italy

1

1

1

1

4

  1. Latvia

1

2

2

5

  1. Lithuania

1

4

3

2

1

1

12

  1. Luxembourg

1

1

  1. Malta

1

1

  1. Netherlands

75

42

25

24

12

20

16

12

12

238

  1. Poland

1

1

3

1

1

2

3

2

14

  1. Portugal

2

1

1

1

1

6

  1. Romania

1

1

5

7

14

  1. Slovakia

3

9

12

  1. Slovenia

1

1

2

  1. Spain

2

3

1

2

2

2

2

14

  1. Sweden

The numbers reported here are drawn from a case management system. Care is taken when processing these cases but the figures may be subject to inaccuracies associated with any recording system.