PNG Immigration Minister warns illegal foreigners to voluntarily leave the country

Immigration and Border Security Minister Westly Nukundi Nukundj today issued a statement that his department is determined to strengthen the border security laws and that foreigners who violate migrations laws and policies of this country would be penalised.

He said Prime Minister James Marape had earlier issued the warning and his department would manage, monitor and support the government to implement its Take Back PNG slogan.

Prime Minister James Marape

“The remnants and cadavers of this flagrant illegal activities in the country must be completely removed to create a brighter future for our generations in future,” he said.

“The concerns of our people to venture into reserved businesses, skilled locals finding employment, unnecessary intimidation and harassment by foreigners should not go unheard of and addressed.”

“The first operations in the Nation’s Capital, Port Moresby on 18th January 2020 lead by the Immigration and Citizenship Authority comprising of Labour Department and the Police successfully apprehended 21 foreigners during a dawn raid,” Nukundj said in a statement.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Donald Yamasombi this week said police officers who took part in the multi-agency raid did not sought approval with terms of reference set out.

The Immigration Minister however said: “I want to appeal to the business houses, individuals, groups and communities, clans and tribes that this notice serves as a stern warning to them to refrain from harbouring and facilitating the illegal foreigners or lawful foreigners doing illegal business using their properties, relationships or another way.  All property owners leasing their properties to foreigners must check and ensure that these people meet all visa requirements to do business in the country.”

“Any Papua New Guinean and foreigner found to be harbouring any illegal foreigners will also be held responsible and penalised severely.”

“Illegal foreigners involved in illegal activities to leave the country voluntarily and those who fail or refuse to leave be dealt with severely for breaching our Migration Laws,” Minister Nukundj warned.


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