200 for­eign­ers ex­pelled from Bei­jing this year

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN and HOU LIQIANG

About 200 for­eign­ers have been de­ported from Bei­jing this year, ac­cord­ing to the city’s Gen­eral Sta­tion of Exit and En­try Fron­tier In­spec­tion on Thurs­day.

Most of the for­eign­ers were repa­tri­ated be­cause they en­tered the coun­try il­le­gally, held il­le­gal visas or had il­le­gal jobs.

Some of the for­eign­ers were de­tained in other prov­inces and sent to the cap­i­tal to be de­ported from China, the au­thor­ity said.

Li Zhong­wei, an of­fi­cial from the sta­tion’s repa­tri­a­tion depart­ment, told Bei­jing Evening News that most of the repa­tri­ated for­eign­ers were from de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. They came to China for work or were trav­el­ing through China to il­le­gally en­ter other coun­tries, Li added.

Some for­eign­ers were in­ter­cepted at air­ports af­ter Chi­nese po­lice dis­cov­ered they were hold­ing fake visas or pass­ports. In some cases, for­eign­ers were us­ing another per­son’s iden­tity card or in­for­ma­tion, Li said.

The au­thor­ity said it is re­quired to see the il­le­gal for­eign­ers off. Au­thor­i­ties do not leave the air­port un­til the air­plane’s cabin doors are shut, he added.

Yang Liu, a pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer at the Bei­jing Exit-En­try Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said they reg­u­larly check on for­eign­ers to see if their cer­tifi­cates are le­gal and have not ex­pired.

Ac­cord­ing to cur­rent Chi­nese exit-en­try rules, for­eign­ers are not al­lowed to come into China within five years if they have been repa­tri­ated for un­qual­i­fied or il­le­gal cer­tifi­cates.

“For for­eign­ers who dis­obey our ad­min­is­tra­tive reg­u­la­tions, our po­lice have the right to ask them to go back home,” she said. “But for those who com­mit crimes or do il­le­gal acts in our coun­try, we’ll send them back un­der a court’s verdict.”

e ques­tion of when a for­eign wrong­doer or crim­i­nal can re­turn to China de­pends on spe­cific court judg­ments, she added.

Dai Peng, di­rec­tor of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion depart­ment at the Peo­ple’s Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Univer­sity of China, said some for­eign crim­i­nals will be repa­tri­ated af­ter serv­ing their sen­tences in China.

“Not all for­eign­ers with il­le­gal cer­tifi­cates can be found at cus­toms,” he said.

But he added that Chi­nese po­lice will search out for­eign­ers who are il­le­gally stay­ing, en­ter­ing or work­ing in China.

On April 4, a man named Al­sub­aie, 22, from Saudi Ara­bia, sex­u­ally as­saulted a Chi­nese woman in pub­lic in Chang­sha, cap­i­tal of Hu­nan prov­ince. The man was de­tained af­ter wit­nesses seized him and no­ti­fied the po­lice.

He later con­fessed to the as­sault and was sen­tenced to five years in prison for at­tempted rape and will be de­ported af­ter serv­ing his sen­tence.

On Dec 2, a for­eigner knocked over a woman with his mo­tor­bike. Ini­tially it was re­ported that the woman had in­ten­tion­ally thrown her­self in front of the for­eigner’s mo­tor­bike to ex­tort money from him.

Bei­jing po­lice said af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that the man had vi­o­lated traf­fic rules. Both he and his fa­ther were work­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

The man was de­tained for five days and fined 5,000 yuan for il­le­gally work­ing in China. His fa­ther re­ceived 14 days of ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion and a fine of 10,000 yuan. Both the man and his fa­ther were de­ported from China.

Yang said on Thurs­day that the man’s res­i­dence cer­tifi­cate in Bei­jing had also ex­pired. Con­tact the writer at caoyin@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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