In recent decades prison populations have become less homogeneous. Statistics reveal that foreign national prisoners (FNPs) are detained practically everywhere in the world and very often in relatively large numbers. FNPs encounter multiple difficulties in daily prison life as a result of their foreign status, language difficulties and distance from their families. In practice, prison authorities are often not aware of the problems FNPs face, and they do not address their special needs. As a result, FNPs often feel socially excluded and are unable to exercise their rights. One of their rights is to receive consular assistance from consular staff from their country of origin. Only a few countries provide consular assistance to their nationals in foreign detention. One of these countries is the Netherlands. This study provides insight into consular assistance as received by Dutch FNPs. This support is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the International Office of the Dutch Probation Service and the religious organisation Epafras. For the past three decades Dutch FNPs have been visited by representatives of these two organisations on a voluntary basis. This practice is unique in the world and has never been evaluated. This study measure This study measures the impact of the assistance given by the Netherlands on the detention experience of Dutch FNPs, their special needs and resettlement. The research is based on questionnaires received from 584 prisoners detained in 54 countries and over 140 interviews with prisoners, former prisoners, relatives, consular staff and staff and volunteers of the International Office of the Dutch Probation Service and Epafras. 2015 © Femke Hofstee-van der Meulen ISBN: 978-94-6295-410-6 Book: € 18 (excluding 6% VAT and postal costs) ePub: € 9 Pages: 430 Order book/ePub via
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