Zambia immigration arrests 63 illegal immigrants

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Zambia immigration authorities have arrested 63 illegal immigrants following a clean-up operation conducted in the border town of Kasumbalesa, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

Namati Nshinka, the Immigration Department Spokesperson, said the aliens were arrested on Wednesday, following a joint operation with the police following an influx of illegal immigrants in the town.

In a statement, he said among the arrested included 48 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) nationals, nine Somalis, four Tanzanians and two Eritreans.

The spokesperson, however, said all the nine Somalis and two Eritreans were released after producing refugee certificates and valid mobility passes while the DRC and Tanzanian nationals failed to produce any documentation justifying their presence in Zambia, resulting in the authorities detaining them.

The operation, he said, was conducted following an outcry from the public on the influx of illegal immigrants at the border town.

Meanwhile, the immigration department intends to remove another 51 illegal immigrants from the country arrested for unlawful stay.

He said the aliens will be removed after paying admission of guilty fines. Enditem

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