Exploring Educational Opportunities for Foreign National Prisoners in Europe

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To gain insight into the educational opportunities for European foreign national prisoners, an online survey was distributed among educational providers and prison managers (N = 108). The results demonstrate that courses for learning domestic languages are most frequently offered. Other educational courses mostly relate to primary education and psychosocial courses. Based on the online survey, four organizations are investigated in depth to gain more information about how they work. We conducted 12 semi-structured individual and one group interview with professionals and prisoners. The results of the hybrid thematic analysis showed that different models exist to organize education for FNPs. The findings make contribution to the development of European pilot projects that provide distance education to FNPs offered by their home country.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-407
Number of pages19
JournalScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2020


  • educational participation
  • Europe
  • Foreign national prisoners
  • FORINER project

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