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By Staff Reporter : PNG Today

Tongan Government struggles to deal with overstayers

The government of Tonga is struggling to deal with overstayers.

Kaniva News reports Fijian and Chinese labourers are among the biggest offenders.

Now a Fijian community leader has asked for an amnesty and the Tongan government says it is considering changing the current policy for migrant workers and asking the Fijian authorities to make sure Fijian workers go home when their contracts expire.

The secretary of Tongaʻs Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vaʻinga Tōnē, said there were 300 Fijian overstayers in Tonga.

There are also hundreds of Chinese overstayers in Tonga as well as people from other countries who have remained in the kingdom after their visas ran out.

Vaʻinga said there was a huge problem with Fijians who worked as domestic labourers.

He did not go into details, but said the government was finding the problem hard to deal with.

Some of the Fijians who overstayed their visas did not want to return to Fiji, he said.

Vaʻinga said the problem was that if the government granted an amnesty to the Fijian, other nationalities, including the Chinese, must be given the same opportunity.

Kaniva News

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