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Fewer immigration offenders arrested in Singapore H1

08-15-2012 14:19 BJT

SINGAPORE, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A total of 1,318 immigration offenders were arrested in Singapore during the first half of 2012, a continual decline from 2,077 during the same period in 2010 and 1,698 in 2011, the city-state's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) released on Wednesday.

Among the 1,318 offenders, 408 of them were illegal immigrants and the remaining 910 were overstayers, which respectively saw annual decline of 20.2 percent and 23.3 percent.

Besides, the numbers for the arrest of both harbourers and employers of immigration offenders were also declining steadily. There were 19 harbourer arrested in H1, down 9.5 percent on year, while there were 15 employers arrested, a decline of 16.7 percent.

The ICA said its "multi-pronged approach to weed out illegal immigrants and overstayers remains effective." Its close working relationships with related government agencies and tough laws all contributed to the downward trend of immigration offences at an all-time low.

In addition, the number of contraband cases also fell slightly during the first half of this year in Singapore.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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