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Offenders: Deportation

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-UK prisoners were returned to serve their sentence in (a) EU and (b) non-EU home countries in each year since 1997; which 10 non-EU countries received the most prisoners in that period; and how many of those returned to non-EU countries did not have leave to remain in the UK. (177458)

The number of prisoners returned to EU and non-EU home countries in each year since 2003 is given in the following tables. Figures for years prior to 2003 are not available. Nine non-EU countries have had prisoners repatriated to them since 2003. The figures are given in table 2.

Information relating to immigration status is not centrally available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Number of prisoners repatriated from England and Wales in each year since 2003

Table 1: From England and Wales to other EU member states

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Austria

Belgium

13

1

16

12

10

Bulgaria1

Cyprus2

1

1

1

2

Czech Republic2

1

Denmark

2

Estonia

Finland

1

1

France

3

1

1

4

3

Germany

3

1

1

2

Greece

1

1

Hungary

1

Ireland

8

5

5

13

5

Italy

1

1

1

Latvia2

Lithuania2

1

Luxembourg

Malta2

The Netherlands

8

83

92

70

75

Poland2

1

1

1

Portugal

1

1

Romania1

Slovakia2

Slovenia2

Spain

5

7

5

6

2

Sweden

1

Total

46

100

128

107

102

1 Member state of the EU since 1 January 2007

2 Member state of the EU since 1 May 2004

Table 2: To non-EU states

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Australia

1

Brazil

1

Canada

3

Dutch Antilles

2

1

5

Norway

2

Serbia

1

Switzerland

1

1

Turkey

2

3

1

United States of America

1

Total

4

8

4

9