Rules in other European countries on expulsions

25th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Switzerland will decide Sunday whether or not to toughen its stance against foreigners, by automatically expelling those who have committed certain serious crimes.

Several countries across Europe have provisions for expulsions, although such decisions are often made on a case by case basis. Here are some examples.


A sentence can be accompanied with a ban from French territory for a certain period to be determined by the judge.

Parliament is currently examining the question of whether to withdraw citizenship from those who have been naturalised for less than ten years, but who have been convicted of murdering public servants. This proposal has been put forward by President Nicolas Sarkozy.


The expulsion of foreign criminals is applied with the principle of the "slippery slope" -- the longer the period of residence, the more serious the crime would have to be in order to secure an expulsion order.

The new centre-right government is seeking to toughen this law and to "expel foreign criminals more quickly and more often."


The law includes a clause for the expulsion of foreign criminals to their country of origin on a case by case basis, a process which could last several years. Expulsions also depend on the situation in the origin countries.


The country's penal code allows the courts to issue expulsion orders, although this is on a case by case basis.

The measure also affects citizens of the European Union, on condition that they constitute a danger to public security. Lobby groups say the rule has in recent years only been applied to non-EU immigrants.


Norway has provisions for the expulsions of foreign criminals for different crimes and offences, however this is on a case by case basis.

In conformity with international obligations, the country would not expel a person to a country where he or she could face the death penalty.


Danish penal code contains three articles of law detailing crimes that could lead to expulsions. However an expulsion order cannot be applied if the foreigner could face new convictions or the death penalty in their country of origin.


In Finland, the police can recommend deportation of a legal immigrant who has been convicted of an aggravated criminal offence and sentenced to at least a year in prison. The ultimate decision is made on a case-by-case basis by the Finnish Immigration Service.


Swedish law allows for the expulsion of foreign delinquants and criminals under certain conditions. In particular, they must have been convicted to a prison sentence. The decision is taken by the justice.

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