The immigrant serves sentence in his country

by Laura Di Rubbo - 2011.05.02

Thanks to the Rabat parliament ratification of the accord signed in 2007, since last may,1, Belgium will be able to repatriate Moroccan nationality prisoner to serve in their own country their sentence.It is an additional protocol to adjust the previous bilateral agreement of 1997 that expected the prisoner's consent to repatriation, a clause which, however, undermined its use, in fact only a few dozen prisoners decided to use it. Instead from may, in the case where the sentence also provides a further measure of expulsion, the return will be mandatory and will not need the consent in. At the moment it is difficult image how it will apply to about 1,100 Moroccan prisoners who are in Belgian prisons, because it can not be applied to nationals of Moroccan origin born in Belgium or who have moved to before the age of 12, refugees, long-term residents (at least 5 years of continuous residence),married to Belgian citizens, fathers/mothers, children of long-term residents and people with serious diseases. Also unlike many other European countries, Belgium does not provide the expulsion as additional punishment for certain criminal offenses committed by foreigners, except in cases of serious threat to public order and national security.

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