21 July 2016

Dubai Detains Illegal Immigrants

Hundreds of illegal immigrants were arrested in Dubai earlier this month after authorities received a tip from a concerned citizen. The General Directorate For Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) launched a widespread campaign against illegal immigrants. In a statement, Lt. Colonel Khalaf Ahmad Al Ghaith of GDRFA said: “We received a tip from a member of the public and after checking the credibility of the tip we arrested the illegal men, who were taken to Al Aweer deportation centre. The case will be transferred to the public prosecutor for more investigation.”

According to a Gulf News report, 127 Asian immigrants were charged with escaping their sponsors and working without valid documentation. Lt. Colonel Al Ghaith added:  “We are contacting their original sponsors and if it is proved that they were working illegally, the people who hired them will have to pay a Dh50,000 fine.”

For more about the clamp down on illegal immigrants in Dubai, click here.