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Foreigners in UK jails to be sent back?

The British prime minister Gordon Brown has taken this step to resolve the problem of overflowing jails in UK, reports V Dutt.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2007 21:29 IST
Vijay Dutt

Indian prisoners in British jails may be sent back to India to complete their sentence in Indian jails.



Prime Minister Gordon Brown, under pressure to resolve the problem of overflowing jails in Britain, recently announced that all foreign prisoners may soon be deported to their respective countries. Already two British jails are being exclusively used to house the 11,000 odd prisoners of nationalities other than British.



There are presently 315 prisoners of Indian origin in British jails who are not British citizens. In relation to population, it is the smallest number among all foreign nationalities in the country. And even most of these do not hail from India, but belong to other countries with large Indian ethnic populations.



The largest national groups in Britain's prisons are Jamaicans (1,374 inmates), Nigerians (1,028), Irish (638), Vietnamese (437), Pakistanis (389) and Chinese (374).