Denmark will pay Kosovo 15 million euros a year for the cells, which are meant to house foreigners who will be deported after serving their sentences.

Kosovo has agreed to rent 300 prison cells to Denmark to ease overcrowding in the Scandinavian country’s jails.

Denmark will pay an annual fee of €15m (£12.8m) for an initial period of five years, and will also help fund green energy in the country, the BBC reports.

The rented cells are meant to house convicted criminals from non-EU countries due to be deported from Denmark after their sentences, and Danish laws would apply to any prisoners in the rented cells.

Kosovo has between 700 and 800 unused prison spaces. Ina  joint statement, the two governments annoucned their intention to reach agreement on a five-year lease for the prison cells.

The latest data from the World Bank, which tracks population statistics, shows Kosovo’s murder rate more than twice that of Denmark, with 2.4 murders per 100,000 population in 2018, while Denmark had 1.01 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
Last week, a Danish court sentenced former Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg to 60 days in jail, after she was convicted of malfeasance for ordering the separation of underage asylum-seeking couples.
(With the the BBC)

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