Educational background, preferences and needs

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A qualitative study of prisoners from Iraq, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Somalia. Published by Fylkesmannen i Hordaland, 2013

In all the Nordic countries, the composition of the prison population has changed in recent years. One sees a huge increase in prisoners of foreign nationality and this can present challenges for the education and training provided in prisons. The Nordic Prison Education Network wanted to know more about the educational background and motives for education for foreign nationals in order to learn more about how each country’s education system can better meet the education and training needs of the prisoners. 

Each of the Nordic countries has conducted a qualitative study of a group of prisoners of a selected nationality. This has led to national reports in each of the Nordic countries, which form the basis of this Nordic report. This report is a translation of the first edition in Scandinavian languages published in December 2012.