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Amnesty for illegals to be announced

posted on 06/07/2002: 1022 views


All preparations and procedures to announce a nationwide amnesty for the expatriates staying in the country illegally are complete, the Interior Ministry has announced. Lieutenant General Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Interior, in an interview with the ministry's monthly bulletin Al Shurta, said preparations for the amnesty are over and the ministry is waiting for the right time to declare a pardon for the illegal immigrants to leave the country without paying fines or facing punishment.



He said the government has decided to grant amnesty to all those people who have entered the country illegally and those who have been living here after their residence permits expired for one reason or another. "The amnesty will allow thousands of illegal immigrants, including those overstaying in the country, leave the UAE within a grace period to be set by the ministry," said Dr Al Badi.



He told the bulletin the forthcoming amnesty is being declared after the successful reprieve in 1996, under which a huge number of illegal residents left the country. The step has been taken in the national interest and its security as well as to bring an end to the phenomenon of illegal immigrants and balance the demographic situation. "They will be given a grace period to settle their problems and obtain legal documents from their respective embassies and local authorities to leave the country, else they will face severe punishment.



He said the amnesty has been decided following reports of an increasing number of people entering the country illegally and staying here without residence permits since 1996. Referring to infiltration, Dr Al Badi said this phenomenon plays a major role in increasing the problems of national security and demographic balance. However, he said efforts are being made by the Coast and Border Guards to control. (The Gulf News)

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