24 Oct 2005

American Samoa's Governor defends need for restrictions on immigration from Samoa

12:29 pm on 24 October 2005

American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says existing immigration requirements for people from Samoa are needed to control migration from the west.

Speaking to the American Samoa chamber of Commerce, he said the territory must place restrictions or the size of the local population will grow out of control.

"The problem we have is everyone wants to come to American Samoa and we don't have much land and can be overcrowded very easily. But our people that go from here to Samoa, even people with Samoan ties, they're very slow in camping out over there and not coming back , so we inherit the problem, they don't."