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The majority of Hamburg prisoners are foreigners

HAMBURG. More than half of the prisoners in Hamburg prisons do not have a German passport. As a response from the Senate administration to an inquiry from the AfD parliamentary group in the Hamburg citizenship, the proportion of foreigners is 56 percent. In contrast, almost 17 percent are non-German citizens in the Hanseatic city. How many German detainees have a migration background is not clear from the Senate.

Among the 975 prisoners living abroad, Turks, with 123 people, make up the largest group, followed by Poland (99), Afghans (71), Romanians (53) and Serbs (46). 383 of the prisoners already have a criminal record. The supply of foreign offenders costs Hamburg taxpayers almost 67 million euros annually.

403 prisoners are to be deported
AfD chairman Dirk Nockemann demanded that the foreign criminals be deported as quickly as possible. They "have lost nothing in our country," he emphasized. According to the Senate, 403 of the foreign prisoners are to be deported after serving the sentence.

The AfD called for the statistical recording of immigrant prisoners last October. "At a time when it is easier than ever to get a German passport, the distinction based on nationality is no longer sufficient," criticized Andreas Mrosek, a member of the AfD Bundestag, at the time.

The proportion of foreign prisoners in Germany was just under a third in 2018. Compared to 2008, this was an increase of around eleven percent.

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