May 13, 2011, 3:30 PM
The statistics, released on 30 April 2016, have stated that there are 18,074 foreign prisoners in Italy.
Other African nationals in the Italian prisons are Senegal 258, Egypt 44, Guinea 50, Niger 20, Sierra Leone 18, Sudan 35, Mali 1, and Cameron 15.
Our correspondent in Italy said the staggering number is not only a growing concern to nations of affected nationalities, but also for the host country, as the prisoners have to be given food, medicine, healthcare at the expense of the Italian government.
However, due to the present economic condition in Italy, it is feared that many of the basic needs of the prisoners are not attended to.
For Gambians, the number is too much, but what is even more challenging for them is access to justice.
Many have already been in jail for years as they know very little about the judicial procedure to seek freedom.
The Centre for Identification and Expulsion in Italy said it has “a staggering number of Gambians” undergoing the judicial procedures on whether or not to be deported.
the fact that there are thousands of Gambians in Italy “illegally”, the number
of Gambian detainees and prisoners could increase further, our correspondent