Blantyre, Immigration Department said it has arrested 331 immigrants during the first quarter of year, January – March, 2017 in its sweeping exercises.
Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Friday, National Immigration and Citizenship Service Public Relations Officer (PRO) Joseph Chauwa said out of the 331 immigrants; 104 immigrants were deported back to their countries; 185 are awaiting deportation and 42 have attained refugee status in Malawi.
According to the PRO, the immigrants are from different countries such as; Pakistan, China, India, Mozambique, Zambia, with a majority from Somalia and Ethiopia.
On the refugees, Chauwa said government will give them the required protection in line with what the International law says that every country should provide protection to refugees whose lives are at risk.
“As Immigration Department, we normally conduct sweeping exercises to check on people that are foreigners residing in our country without going through the normal channels,” he said.
Chauwa called on Malawians to be patriotic saying most of the illegal immigrants are finding their way into the country with the help of unpatriotic Malawians who assist them enter the country using dubious means.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA