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Pacific Islanders make up half our foreign prisoners
16-01-2014 -

Hundreds of foreign citizens are being held in prisons across New Zealand, with an overwhelming majority hailing from the Pacific.

Figures provided by the Department of Corrections show there are 297 prisoners who identify as foreigners, with Spring Hill prison in Waikato having the largest spread of nationalities.

Despite 47 countries being represented on the list, a quarter of foreign prisoners are Samoan, and more than half are Pacific Islanders. Aside from the Pacific, the United Kingdom has 19 citizens in prison, and there are 19 Australians, 15 Chinese and 13 Malaysians.

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