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Beijing steps up campaign against illegal emigration

10-26-2011 09:59 BJT

A total of 223 people have been seized for trying to sneak into foreign countries via Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) in the first six months of 2011, according to the Beijing General Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection.

"The number has dropped by 32 percent compared with that of the same period last year," a spokesman for the station, surnamed Wang, told the Global Times Tuesday.

According to statistics, illegal emigrants caught at BCIA account for 15 percent of the total number in all ports around the nation.

Airline Emirates and Air Canada were awarded with a special contribution prize for identifying suspects Tuesday at a ceremony held by the station. They are the first airlines to receive such an award in China.

In April 2010, police seized two foreign snakeheads in Dalian who helped illegal emigrants procure Canadian passports, replacing the real photo with a Photoshopped one, the spokesman said.

"Air Canada's Beijing office found a suspect holding a foreign passport who planned to go to Canada but couldn't speak any foreign language. By careful checks with professional devices, we found the photo on the passport was edited by Photoshop," he said.

In another case, a tour guide was found to be a snakehead. He was caught helping 19 people illegally stay abroad after a holiday in April last year. Eight people were repatriated to China, while the other 11 have not been found.

"It is extremely important to arrest the snakeheads when combating human smuggling," said the spokesman.

Beijing frontier inspection station detained 671 illegal emigrants in total in 2010.

In May of last year, by providing key information, the station helped Yangzhou police in Jiangsu Province arrest six suspects involved in a human smuggling case and collected more than 300 counterfeit passports.

"We will continue to severely fight against human smuggling and illegal emigration," Wang noted.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Global Times

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