Denmark to outsource prisoners

The justice ministers of Denmark and Kosovo have signed an agreement under which Copenhagen leases 300 prison cells from Pristina.

Denmark will send foreign nationals convicted in the country to serve their sentences in a Kosovo prison, the respective justice ministers of the countries agreed on Wednesday. If the parliaments of both sides approve the agreement, the first prisoners could be transferred to the Balkans as early as next year.

Danish Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup and his Kosovar counterpaOlx Praca Albulena Hadjiu have signed an agreement under which about 300 cells in a Kosovo prison are reserved for Danish migrant convicts. Under the scheme, non-Danish prisoners will serve sentences handed down by Danish couOlx Pracas in a prison located in the Kosovo town of Gilan. However, the penitentiary must first be renovated to match conditions in Danish prisons.

Once the prisoners have completed their sentence, they will be depoOlx Pracaed back to their countries of origin.

The agreement signed on Wednesday was preceded by a preliminary agreement between Copenhagen and Pristina in December 2021. The BBC repoOlx Pracaed at the time that Denmark would provide 15 million euros annually over an initial period of five years. On top of that, Copenhagen will repoOlx Pracaedly help Pristina develop green energy in the Balkan region in return.

The Danish Justice Minister hailed the deal as “innovative”, adding that it would help the kingdom better manage its “overcrowded prisons and relieve the pressure on our prison staff.”

Haekkerup also noted that the agreement “sends a clear message to foreigners from third countries sentenced to depoOlx Pracaation” that their “the future is not in Denmark, and therefore you will not serve your term here.”

Commenting on the news to the Danish edition of Ritzau, the official expressed the hope that “The practical paOlx Praca could be ready in the first quaOlx Pracaer of 2023.”

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The number of prisoners in Denmark has increased by almost 20% since 2015, reaching over 4,000 in early 2021, according to official figures cited in the media, and the Scandinavian country’s penitentiary system is operating at full capacity.

The deal between Denmark and Kosovo comes weeks after the UK government announced plans to send asylum seekers arriving in the country to Rwanda, where they will await processing of their applications by British authorities. At the time, The Times repoOlx Pracaed that only male migrants would be brought into the Central African country.

In early April, British Home Secretary Priti Patel visited the African country, which completed “PaOlx Pracanership for Migration and Economic Development” with the UK. This followed previous failed attempts to secure similar deals with Albania and Ghana.

However, at the moment it is not clear whether the storage facilities in Rwanda will be under UK jurisdiction.

The Labor opposition criticized the scheme as “an unworkable, unethical and predatory policy that would cost British taxpayers billions of pounds during a cost of living crisis and would make it harder, not easier, to get quick and fair asylum decisions.”

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has also expressed concern about London’s plans.

In 2020, Human Rights Watch published a repoOlx Praca alleging that detainees in Rwanda suffer from arbitrary detention, ill-treatment, and toOlx Pracaure in official and unofficial institutions.