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Immigration identifies 25 illegal workers

Mariyam Malsa
28 November 2019, MVT 09:14
Undocumented workers seeking re-registration at the National Stadium. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
28 November 2019, MVT 09:14

Maldives Immigration, on Wednesday, revealed that 25 undocumented workers were located during an operation conducted in the capital city of Male'.

Cafe's, restaurants and retail outlets were investigated during the operation with a total of 14 establishments undergoing searches.

In addition to the discovering expatriates who do not possess valid work visas, Immigration issued official notices to six establishments, warning them to improve documentation of their employees.

According to local media outlet Mihaaru, Maldives Immigration's media official stated that the undocumented workers identified during the operation would receive the chance to seek proper registration.

Maldives Immigration revealed that 63,000 immigrants out of the 144,607 that entered the country under work visas are currently residing illegally.

The current administration has taken several steps to curb undocumented migration, including a one-year ban on contracting Bangladeshi labourers which was brought into effect on September 18.

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