Angola expels over 500 illegal foreigners

Cabinda town square in Angola: Congolese citizens who had been living in this town were among those expelled by Angolan authorities.   IRIN

Angolan authorities have started crackdown on illegal immigrants, state-owned media reported Wednesday.

The country’s Migration and Foreigners Services (SME) announced plans to deport up to 539 illegal immigrants, Jornal de Angola reported.
According to SME officials, DR Congo recorded the highest number of illegal migrants with 463 cases.

Thousands of Congolese slipped into Angola after attacks by militia in the east of the troubled Central African country. The influx has caused friction with locals.

Deportations of DR Congo nationals from Angola began in 2003 just after the end of the southern African nation war (1961 to 2002), when it began tightening its borders and reinforcing national security.

“This week alone, 422 illegal foreigners were detained, following tip-offs”, SME’s spokesman Simão Milagres was quoted as saying.

As to the flow of international passengers, SME recorded entry of 13,150 foreigners (12,402 more compared to previous period) and 10,436 exits.
Authorities in Luanda have vowed to significantly reduce illegal migration to the oil rich nation.

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