Thursday, June 19, 2008

Just 20pc of non-EU prisoners deported

JUST one in five non-EU nationals has been deported after serving a prison sentence here, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Confidential new figures show more than 766 prisoners from outside Europe were released from Irish jails over the past seven years.

But only 128 of the most serious offenders were sent back to their home countries, leaving more than 638 former inmates unmonitored.

All non-EU prisoners are supposed to be considered for deportation since May 2005.

Deportations can take years if there is an appeal.

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