Immigration steps up screening of foreign workers on suspect list

01 Feb 2016

As many as 49,222 illegal immigrants were detained throughout the country from Jan 1 till Dec 18, the Senate was told yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: As many as 49,222 illegal immigrants were detained throughout the country from Jan 1 till Dec 18, the Senate was told yesterday.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said during this period, 169,712 illegal immigrants joined the Voluntary Deportation (3+1) Programme to return home.

"For the record, under the 3+1 programme, which began on July 22, 2014, 452,779 illegal immigrants had voluntarily agreed to return to their home countries, but they will be blacklisted before they are sent back," he said when answering a question from Senator Rahimah Mahamad who wanted to know the statistics of foreigners without legal permits in the country, as well as the measures taken to curb their entry here.

Nur Jazlan said as of Nov 30, the Immigrant Department recorded 1,856,869 legitimate foreign workers in the country.

He stressed that the ministry, through the Immigration Department, had taken various measures to ensure no foreign nationals entered the country without valid travel documents, including the process of early screening through visa issuance at the embassy or Malaysian representative's office abroad.

Nur Jazlan said in addition, the department also screened the data of foreigners at the country's entry points through the National Enforcement and Registration Biometric System (NERS) for individuals on its list of suspects. -- Bernama

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