By Arabian Business staff writer
Authorities carry out extended clampdown following end of amnesty in Nov. 2007.
The UAE authorities have arrested over 25,000 illegal residents in the period from Nov. 3, 2007 to the end of December 2008 following the end of an amnesty, the Naturalisation and Residency Department, official news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.Acting Director General of the Naturalisation and Residency Department Brig. Nasser Al-Awadhi Al-Minhali said after that the grace period in November 2007 for illegal residents to leave the country, law enforcement authorities lauched a clampdown on individuals without the proper permits.
During the last 14 months, the law enforcement authorities had conducted a number of raids on residential and work locations, and a total of 25,313 illegal residents had been held, Al-Minhali said.
The report gave no further details.