Mozambican authorities said on Thursday that about 1,000 illegal immigrants were detained inside the country in a campaign carried out since January.
According to Cira Fernande, spokeswoman for the National Migration Service, the arrests took place from January to November this year and represent a 40 percent reduction compared to 2016, when 1,606 illegal immigrants were detained by the police.
Speaking to reporters, Cira explained that the arrests were made after the intensified inspections by the immigration authority.
“We will intensify security measures on the main borders and other crossing points including restricted areas,” she said.
Mozambique is becoming a preferred corridor for international trafficking networks. Hundreds of illegal immigrants are being intercepted every week by the police.
But the vast majority of illegal immigrants, mostly from the countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia and Bengali, continue to use Mozambique as a transfer station to reach South Africa.
Most of these immigrants are associated with criminal networks and illicit businesses, in which elements of local police and transporters are often involved.
Meanwhile, the government called on to all citizens who have information of places that shelter illegal immigrants, to report through the nearby police authorities. Enditem