Eight out of ten prisoners in Switzerland have foreign background

Posted on February 10, 2019 9:47 am

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The number and proportion of inmates with a foreign background in Swiss prisons have increased sharply in recent years. New figures show that as many as 80 percent of all prisoners in the country are foreigners. Last week Switzerland published official statistics showing that the number of prisoners in the Alpine state has increased by 50 percent between 1988 and 2017, Radio Télévision Suisse reports. Between 1988 and 2017, an average of 24 percent of prisoners were Swiss citizens, 31 percent were migrants who had settled in the country and 45 percent were foreigners without connection to