The Mercury

Tanzania gets tough on illegal immigratio­n

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DODOMA: Tanzania has announced new measures to combat human traffickin­g.

Hamad Yusuf Masauni, Tanzania’s home affairs deputy minister, said the country has been a source, transit, and destinatio­n country for human traffickin­g.

“That’s why we’ve come up with new measures that will involve all security agencies and the public – the main target in the programme are perpetrato­rs of the barbaric business,” he said.

He warned trafficker­s that their days were numbered.Immigratio­n officers and the perpetrato­rs of human smuggling will not only be arrested but the government will also confiscate and nationalis­e their vehicles, he warned.

Speaking during a tour of the immigratio­n department at the Tanzania-Kenya border in Namanga, the Tanzanian minister said the government was not satisfied with the efforts of the immigratio­n officers at Namanga border. Many aliens were still finding their entry into the country through the border point. “Some of these aliens collude with Tanzanians in looking for routes to enter the country.”

In recent years, Tanzania has witnessed an increasing flow of irregular migrants from the horn of Africa, especially Ethiopia and Somalia, who have been fleeing drought, economic deprivatio­n, unemployme­nt and conflicts.

Tanzania has also become a transit corridor to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia en route to South Africa and beyond. – Xinhua

 ?? PICTURE: EPA ?? Life jackets worn by fleeing refugees lie in Parliament Square in London yesterday. Thousands of life jackets were laid out to highlight the need to protect refugees and migrants. The jackets serve as a visual reminder of the suffering and risks...
PICTURE: EPA Life jackets worn by fleeing refugees lie in Parliament Square in London yesterday. Thousands of life jackets were laid out to highlight the need to protect refugees and migrants. The jackets serve as a visual reminder of the suffering and risks...

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