Kenya Seeks to Deport 8,000 Illegal Foreigners

By John Wanjohi Tue, 07/24/2018 @ 08:30am 315 views 4 comments


The government has announced a crackdown on foreigners holding illegal work permits and passports following the end of fresh registration and verification exercise launched two months ago.

Immigration Principal Secretary (PS) Gordon Kihalangwa said at least 8,000 foreign citizens risk being deported for holding illegal documents.

The official said 26,552 foreigners presented themselves to the Department of Immigration Services at Nyayo House in Nairobi for the vetting process by the Saturday deadline.

Kihalangwa said the government will be seeking to deport those living and working in the country illegally.

“We will not give foreigners jobs that can be done by locals. It’s an offence for employers to hire foreigners with illegal work permits, we must deport them,” he said at Kenya School of Government in Nairobi on Monday.

In May, the Interior ministry announced a 60-day operation to identify and register foreign workers afresh in a move aimed at kicking out those in the country illegally.

“About 26,552 foreigners walked to Nyayo House to confirm their details during the verification exercise which came to a close last Saturday. There is a variation (in numbers) from what we have in the database,” said Kihalangwa.