16 Jan 2003

Marshall Islands doubles number of immigration inspectors

6:22 pm on 16 January 2003

The Marshall Islands immigration department has doubled the number of its inspectors this month from 5 to 10, in response to reports of more visa over-stayers in the islands.

Immigration chief Issac Lanwi says the increase is expected to be a major factor in improving the department's ability to police the airports and ports, and to identify illegal aliens.

Mr Lanwi says the new inspectors will be doing a lot of field work.

He says they will be increasing spot checks at local businesses and construction sites.

Mr Lanwi says in the past the they have not had the staff to do the job, however he says higher-ups in government have finally listened.