With the influx of Muslim migrants into Europe to alleviate the so-called “refugee crisis” of predominantly Muslim nations in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East, 80 percent of Switzerland’s prison population is now made up of foreigners.
The Swiss Federal Statistical Office divulged that over the past three decades, the number of immigrants incarcerated in Switzerland has steadily increased from 72 per 100,000 residents in 1988 to 82 per 100,000 in 2017, according to a report by Radio Télévision Suisse.
Looking at it from another angle, the number of Swiss prisoners jumped 50 percent during the 30-year period – from 4,621 in 1988 to 6,907 in 2017.
Foreigners taking over the prisons
In the late 1980s, more than two of five prisoners were ethnically Swiss, but that changed past the century mark, when just one in five were native-born Swiss.
“In the first decade from 1988 to 1998, Swiss citizens made up around 31 per cent of the prisoners compared to 28 percent who were foreigners living in Switzerland and 41 percent who were foreigners residing overseas,” Breitbart News revealed from the Swiss media report. “In 1989, Swiss citizens made up as much as 44 percent of prisoners, [but] during the next two decades, the number of Swiss citizen prisoners fell to only 20 percent – with foreigners residing in Switzerland going up to 37 percent in the second decade and back down to 28 percent in the third.”
Today, most of those in Switzerland’s prisons did not even have a residence inside the country.
“Foreign prisoners who live overseas rapidly grew in the third decade to where they now account for over half of the prisoners in the Swiss prison system,” Breitbart’s Chris Tomlinson informed.
This means that Swiss taxpayers are footing the prison accommodation bill for immigrants who should be living in their country of origin.
“The deportations make up only a fraction of the total number of foreign adults convicted of misdemeanors or felonies in Switzerland,” Breitbart London tweeted last October.
Finally getting tough on immigration?
With Switzerland’s migrant problem escalating over the decades, the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) proposed a law in 2010 that was finally adopted in 2016 that allows judges to deport foreign criminals – meaning that the country’s foreign prison population could be much higher if Swiss citizens did not vote for the popular initiative.
More than half of the criminals living in Switzerland illegally were sent back to their nations of origin after being convicted in court.
“A total of 54 percent of the 1,210 criminals without Swiss passports convicted of a crime in Switzerland in 2017 were handed a deportation order, new figures from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) show,” The Local reported in June 2018.
Breitbart indicated that approximately 350 foreign criminals were from the Balkan region, while 250 were from Africa.
Those forced out of the country will not likely be seen again if the law is followed – for at least half a decade … or even for life.
“Under the law, first-time foreign offenders who commit serious crimes can be expelled for a period of five to 15 years,” The Local informed. “For serial offenders, that period can extend to 20 years – or even a life-time ban. The statistics … show that only 10 percent of the expulsion orders handed down in 2017 concerned people with (longer-term) B and C resident permits. The vast majority were handed down to people with temporary residence permits, asylum seekers, tourists or people in the country illegally.”
The more serious the crime, the less likely it is for a criminal in Switzerland to return anytime soon.
“In cases where foreigners were sentenced to prison, 80 percent also received a deportation order,” The Local added. “The figure was 90 percent for prison terms of six months or more, but just 17 percent for prison sentences of less than six months.”
Swiss not alone
Foreign criminals overwhelming the criminal justice system is not only a problem in Switzerland, as other European nations are also experiencing disproportionately high crime rates committed by suspects who are foreign nationals.
To the north of Switzerland’s border – where Islamic terrorist attacks have frequently been covered in the news in recent years – Germany is also no stranger to criminals flooding its prisons and criminal courtrooms.
“In Germany, certain cities such as Berlin have released statistics showing that up to half of the crimes committed in the city involve foreign suspects,” Tomlinson noted. “In some specific crimes, foreigners were shown to be vastly overrepresented – including heroin trafficking, where migrants made up 85 percent of suspects in 2016 in the German capital.”
And to the east, Austria also has its share of immigrants flooding its criminal justice system.
“In the Austrian capital of Vienna, the disparity between the crime rate of natives and migrants is even starker – with foreigners making up more than halfof all the suspects in crimes, according to a report released last August,” Tomlinson added.