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Article: Foreign National Prisoners in Belgium: context, developments and projects (2017)

The number of foreign national prisoners in Belgium has increased from 25 to 40 percent in 35 years. Compared to the European average of 23 percent, Belgium has a substantially higher rate of FNPs. Foreign national prisoners are more vulnerable than national prisoners. Alongside the deprivations all prisoners face during detention, foreign national prisoners in particular experience a number of additional problems such as language problems, difficulties in maintaining family contact and uncertainties about their immigration status.
In this article Steven de Ridder and his colleagues investigate the context and development in the field and present four projects focusing on FNPs in Belgium. Click download to view the article.
By Lana De Pelecijn, Flore Croux, An-Sofie Vanhouche, Dorien Brosens & Steven De Ridder