Prisoners: Foreigners

Justice written question – answered on 5th July 2010.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners of each nationality there were on 6 May 2010.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The number of foreign national prisoners held in all prison establishments in England and Wales by nationality is published quarterly in the population in custody bulletin, found under the following link:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/population incustody.htm

From the most recent available data, end of March 2010, the table shows the number of foreign national prisoners in all prison establishments in England and Wales by nationality.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Table 1: Population in prison by nationality and sex-England and Wales, 31 March 2010
Nationality Male Female Total
All nationalities 80,894 4,290 85,184
British nationals 67,655 3,357 71,012
Foreign nationals 10,556 811 11,367
Nationality not recorded 2,683 122 2,805
Total Africa 2,576 222 2,798
Algeria 172 0 172
Angola 74 5 79
Benin 1 0 1
Botswana 3 1 4
Burundi 9 0 9
Cameroon 32 2 34
Central African Republic 22 1 23
Congo 124 8 132
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 4 0 4
Egypt 13 0 13
Equatorial Guinea 1 0 1
Ethiopia 63 5 68
Gabon 1 0 1
Gambia 65 3 68
Ghana 138 14 152
Guinea 12 0 12
Guinea-Bissau 1 0 1
Ivory Coast 36 0 36
Kenya 56 7 63
Liberia 20 4 24
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 20 0 20
Malawi 14 1 15
Mali 1 0 1
Mauritania 2 1 3
Mauritius 10 0 10
Morocco 48 0 48
Mozambique 3 0 3
Namibia 3 0 3
Niger 11 2 13
Nigeria 645 89 734
Rwanda 16 0 16
Senegal 9 0 9
Sierra Leone 63 5 68
Somalia 442 10 452
South Africa 109 23 132
Sudan 43 2 45
Tanzania 23 2 25
Togo 5 0 5
Tunisia 18 0 18
Uganda 63 10 73
Zambia 14 3 17
Zimbabwe 167 24 191
Total Asia 2,204 147 2,351
Afghanistan 123 1 124
Bangladesh 188 7 195
Cambodia 1 0 1
China 385 42 427
India 328 11 339
Indonesia 1 0 1
Japan 3 0 3
Korea, DPR (North Korea) 1 2 3
Korea, Republic of 5 0 5
Malaysia 37 5 42
Mongolia 3 1 4
Myanmar 3 0 3
Nepal 10 1 11
Pakistan 413 8 421
Philippines 18 8 26
Singapore 2 2 4
Sri Lanka 147 0 147
Taiwan (Nationalist Chinese) 2 1 3
Thailand 2 5 7
Vietnam 532 53 585
Total Central and South America 252 45 297
Argentina 5 3 8
Belize 0 1 1
Bolivia 7 1 8
Brazil 66 14 80
Chile 8 0 8
Colombia 71 5 76
Costa Rica 2 0 2
Ecuador 9 0 9
French Guiana 2 2 4
Guatemala 4 1 5
Guyana 29 4 33
Mexico 20 11 31
Nicaragua 3 0 3
Panama 1 0 1
Paraguay 2 0 2
Peru 3 1 4
Suriname 3 0 3
Uruguay 1 0 1
Venezuela 16 2 18
Total North America 106 22 128
Canada 26 6 32
United States 80 16 96
Total Europe 3,746 252 3,998
Albania 163 4 167
Armenia 9 0 9
Austria 12 2 14
Azerbaijan 3 0 3
Belgium 30 3 33
Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 4 14
Bulgaria 28 24 52
Croatia 9 0 9
Cyprus 30 0 30
Czech Republic 80 12 92
Denmark 16 1 17
Estonia 26 0 26
Finland 4 0 4
France 142 12 154
Georgia 8 0 8
Germany 84 11 95
Gibraltar 4 0 4
Greece 13 0 13
Hungary 26 6 32
Iceland 0 3 3
Irish Republic 657 25 682
Italy 80 2 82
Kazakhstan 2 0 2
Kyrgyzstan 1 1 2
Latvia 140 9 149
Liechtenstein 1 0 1
Lithuania 338 10 348
Macedonia 4 0 4
Malta 3 0 3
Moldova 15 1 16
Netherlands 99 15 114
Norway 7 0 7
Poland 657 13 670
Portugal 212 13 225
Romania 358 47 405
Russian Federation 112 12 124
San Marino 1 0 1
Serbia and Montenegro 38 0 38
Slovakia 54 6 60
Slovenia 3 0 3
Spain 65 10 75
Sweden 17 4 21
Switzerland 6 1 7
Turkey 170 1 171
Turkmenistan 1 0 1
Uzbekistan 8 0 8
Total Middle East 562 12 574
Iran 205 8 213
Iraq 240 1 241
Israel 35 2 37
Jordan 7 0 7
Kuwait 12 1 13
Lebanon 16 0 16
Oman 2 0 2
Qatar 1 0 1
Saudi Arabia 16 0 16
Syrian Arab Republic 12 0 12
United Arab Emirates 4 0 4
Yemen, Republic of 12 0 12
Total Oceania 39 3 42
Australia 24 3 27
Fiji 7 0 7
Kiribati 1 0 1
New Zealand 5 0 5
Papua New Guinea 1 0 1
Samoa 1 0 1
Total West Indies 1,069 108 1,177
Anguilla 1 0 1
Aruba 1 0 1
Bahamas 2 0 2
Barbados 31 8 39
Bermuda 2 1 3
Cuba 3 0 3
Dominica 14 1 15
Dominican Republic 1 0 1
Grenada 18 1 19
Jamaica 895 65 960
Montserrat 13 0 13
Netherlands Antilles 6 3 9
St Kitts and Nevis 5 0 5
St Lucia 20 11 31
St Vincent and the Grenadines 15 2 17
Trinidad and Tobago 41 16 57
Virgin Islands 1 0 1
Total other 2 0 2
Data sources and quality:

Those figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and so although shown to the last individual, the figure may not be accurate to that level.

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