1 February 2021

Management of Foreign National Prisoners: an overview of good practices in 6 countries

The report, newly released by Avokati I Popullit within the EU-funded project B-COMPETENT, highlights best practices and weak spots in Albania, France, Greece, Italy, Montenegro and Spain

Complemented by thetraining needs assessment of prison staffcarried on by B-COMPETENT with regard to human rights’ protection in multi-ethnic penitentiary settings, the Report aims to facilitate the sharing of good practices among Prison authorities and human rights institutions to boost a common approach towards effective and coherent application of EU laws and standards on the treatment and management of foreign inmates.


Some examples of good practices highlighted in the Report: 


The prison authorities are responsible to develop individual treatment plans for all prisoners, in particular foreign prisoners, since they are considered as prisoner’ category with special needs. In Albania, good practice is oriented with regards to the process and procedures of staff recruitment and basic entry training. Such process was newly introduced and was potentiated by the national actors as good example of a holistic training approach including sociological, legal and administrative information and knowledge.



In 2019 Spain pursued a Framework Programme for Educational Intervention with Foreign Inmates, as a good practice. The training area of this Sub-directorate of the Spanish prison administration offers a course on Social Skills, Personal Interaction and Peaceful Conflict Resolution.

Since 2002, the prison services of Catalonia have carried out actions that affect structural, organizational and socio-educational aspects to meet the needs of the foreign population, i.e, the Intercultural Mediation Plan which focuses above all on the role of mediators in the face of possible cultural conflicts.

Finally, it is important to highlight the collaboration of the European Program for Training in Human Rights of Legal Professionals (HELP) in the 28 member states of the European Union, sponsored by the Council of Europe, for additional training, especially with courses related to Fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia.




B-COMPETENT, co-funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme, aims to support national penitentiary authorities, human rights institutions and citizens to contribute to an effective and coherent application of EU laws and standards on the treatment of foreign prisoners by designing and implementing a train-the-trainers program (face-to-face and e-learning), combined with best practices sharing, awareness-raising actions and practical multilingual tools.


Read the full Report:

Report on best practices related to human rights protection of foreign prisoners in 6 countries.  Author: Ermonela Xhafa, Avokati I Popullit (2021)

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