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Dubai arrests nearly 5,000 illegal immigrants in visa clampdown

605 visitors caught trying to enter the country with fake or forged passports

Dubai arrests nearly 5,000 illegal immigrants in visa clampdown
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The Investigations Department of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai arrested a total of 4,935 illegals during 181 inspections in the first eight months of this year, according to the latest figures.

On average, the authorities arrested 20 illegal immigrants every day, with the majority of those caught overstaying their residency visa. Just 226 people were arrested for entering the country illegally. The statistics released at a press conference yesterday also show that the majority of those arrested were men.

However, the figures do not include the total number of people caught living illegally in Dubai, as there are other authorities, such as Dubai Police, that arrest illegal immigrants.

The directorate targeted ‘hotspots’ to catch overstayers in the city - Satwa, Al Karama, Jafiliya, Al Refaa, Jebel Ali, Al Baraha, Al Quoz industrial area and Muraqqabat. Al Gait.

Colonel Khalaf Ahmed Al Ghaith, an assistant director general in the Foreign Offenders department, told 7Days that the campaigns are important for the emirate’s safety and security.

“The aim of our campaigns is to spread a sense of security among residents and catch illegals,” he said.

“We always work to stop the formation of pockets of illegals in separate parts of the city.”

Officials also caught 605 people trying to enter the country with fake or forged passports during the same period, the report added.

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