What works for irregular migrants in the Netherlands?

    by:
  • Miranda Boone (Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, University of Groningen,
    M.M.Boone@uu.nl)
  • Mieke Kox


This contribution provides an overview of the extent to which rehabilitation instruments and opportunities are accessible for irregular migrants who are serving a criminal sanction in the Netherlands. It shows that irregular migrants are largely excluded from criminal sanctions that have rehabilitation as a central aim and from rehabilitation opportunities that are provided during the implementation of criminal sanctions. These findings raise questions concerning the legal legitimacy of largely excluding irregular migrants from rehabilitation opportunities and the way in which irregular migrants prepare themselves for their return to society in practice.

Keywords: Irregular migrants, Foreign prisoners, Rehabilitation, Community sanctions, Probation, Early release

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