385 illegal immigrants rounded up in blitz

385 illegal immigrants rounded up in blitz

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Interior caught 385 illegal immigrants last week after a continued clampdown following January’s amnesty to get illegal workers either out of the country or properly registered.



By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 10:32 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:28 AM

As many as 125 illegal residents were rounded up in Abu Dhabi, 100 in Al Ain, 81 in Sharjah and 79 in Fujairah, in inspections following the expiry of the amnesty.

Members of the society have been urged to report violations and not to cover up for offenders. — Supplied photo

The Residency Violators and Foreigners Follow-up Department conducted a number of search and raid campaigns in Al Musaffah and the Tourist Club area in Abu Dhabi, where violators usually gather. The clampdown yielded the arrest of 125 violators of Asian origin, including 79 men and 46 women.

In parallel, the Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with the Residency Violators and Foreigners Follow-up Department in Al Ain, conducted six search campaigns and raids based on tip-offs on the whereabouts of violators of different nationalities hiding out in areas including the Industrial Area, Al Souk Area, Al Hili, Al Hayer, Al Wagan, Al Qou’, and Al Jimi. Those arrested comprised 87 men and 13 women.

The Residency Violators and Foreigners Follow-up Department in Sharjah conducted a joint search campaign in cooperation with the Residency and Foreigners Affairs General Directorate in the industrial areas of Sharjah, where the arrests happened.

In Fujairah, a joint committee formed by the Residency Violators and Foreigners Follow-up Department and Fujairah Police General Headquarters, conducted a search campaign on a contracting company located in Al Qaria neighborhood, where all 79 arrests took place. All those arrested were of Asian nationality.

All 385 arrested violators have been referred to the competent authorities for legal action.

Head of the Residency Violators and Foreigners Follow-up Department, Colonel Ali Ibrahim Al Tunaiji, stressed the campaigns were part of efforts exerted by the Department and other State level divisions to curb continued illegal residency.

He said the campaigns currently being executed would continue and intensify in different regions across the country.

Colonel Al Tunaiji called on all members of the society to report such violations and not to cover up for offenders or those who bring in, harbour and provide work and accommodation to such violators.

He said violators posed a threat to the security and safety of the community, noting that legal action would be carried against them.

Members of the public can report illegal immigrants by calling the ‘Sahim’ Service toll free number on 80080.

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