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PNG Minister says 23 foreigners deported last year

PNG Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas
Papua New Guinea  Minister for Immigration and Border Security Petrus Thomas, has announced the deportation of 23 unlawful non-citizens for various breaches of the Migration Act as a result of the joint agency spot check operations conducted by PNG agencies in Port Moresby in October 2017.
The last two foreigners that were apprehended and charged from the joint operation where removed yesterday after spending time in detention at Bomana Correctional Service.

"Appropriate investigations have to be conducted after charges were laid on these non-citizens and therefore it has taken the respective agencies time to confirm the breaches of their various legislation and prepare their reports. I have signed deportation orders after having been fully briefed on individual cases and satisfied that there were serious breaches to our laws that warrant the removal of these foreign nationals, said Minister Thomas".

"The operations were carried out by Immigration, Customs, NCD Health and Safety Unit, Labour Department, Bank of PNG, Police, Investment Promotion Authority and the Censorship Board. Each of the agencies took appropriate action and a report was compiled by Immigration as lead agency for my review and decision, said Minister Thomas".

The unlawful non-citizens had not only breached the conditions of their visa such as overstay or working in positions contrary to their visa and work permit but also committed other serious offences.
Immigration will further investigate the businesses involved in recruiting them and will take appropriate action on those that are running those businesses. Some of the offences and issues fall outside of the mandate of Immigration and it is recommended for agencies involved to take appropriate action as well against those foreign-owned businesses.

“I commend the efforts made by Immigration and other State agencies who cooperatively did a remarkable operation to identify those who breach the Migration Act and the laws of the country and take necessary action. This number indicates that there are many foreign nationals who do business in our country without regard to our laws and visa regulations and we will continue to conduct similar joint agency operations in Port Moresby and other provinces".

"I would like to remind all non-citizens working and residing in the country that we value your contribution to the country but there are businesses and individuals that continue to breach our laws at the expense of genuine businesses and citizens of this country. We are currently reviewing our laws to ban foreigners and exclude them for a number of years from returning to the country if they breach the Migration Act or commit serious offences and the Immigration and Citizenship Authority will ensure that these changes to our laws are in place by this year, said Minister Thomas".

Posted by Staff Reporter : PNG Today on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Filed under , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Share this Article

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