Dar es Salaam — Tanzania Immigration Services Department has arrested 10 illegal immigrants from India and three from Nepal who hold fake work permits that they used to try to secure jobs and stay in the country.
The acting commissioner for border management and control, Mr Kagimbo Alphonce, said the 13 were arrested on October 27 on arrival whereby during an inspection it was discovered that they had fake work permits. “Their work permits showed that they were here to work for Estim Construction Ltd. They even had a fake contract for the company but upon reviewing the permits by the Labour Department, it was found that both were fake,” said Mr Alphonce.
According to him, the persons who brought in the illegal immigrants were known to the authorities and appropriate measure were being taken.
“We are still questioning them. It is, however, the duty of the Labour Department to handle the issue of fake work permits,” he said.
The smuggling of immigrants is not a one man business, explained Mr Alphonce, adding that two taxi drivers were being held for picking up the Nepal illegal immigrants from the airport. “Any vehicle or house that will be found in the act of facilitating the hosting of illegal migrants will be confiscated, and the smuggler and the one being smuggled in will be required to pay Sh20 million or spend 20 years behind bars,” he said.
Furthermore, he said, a total of 10,396 illegal migrants were discovered living in the country between January and September out of whom 5,453 have been deported.
Also he added that 1,000 Tanzanians have been deported back into the country in the stated period and 697 foreign residents have been issued permits to stay and work in the country.
He added that foreign residents residing in the country have been issued a 30-day extension to update their residential addresses at the nearest immigration office.
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Publish date : 2018-11-02 08:15:12