8 Aug 2002

Fiji govt launches crackdown on illegal immigrants

4:29 am on 8 August 2002

Authorities in Fiji have begun a major crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Radio FM-96 says this follows reports that many Chinese nationals who entered the country during the time of the SVT government may now be involved in illegal operations.

The home affairs minister, Joketani Cokanasiga, says the documents of the people who entered the country at that time are being assessed.

He says people found to be operating illegally will be sent back to their home countries.

The SVT government had a policy of allowing Asians into Fiji if they had money to inject into the economy.

The current government believes they have expanded into businesses not covered by their residency permits.

The government will also introduce legislation giving new powers to the minister and immigration officers to recall passports which were improperly obtained.