Immigration Department in awareness campaign against aiding illegal immigrants

The Department of Immigration Services in the Northern Region will on 21 June embark on a three-day awareness campaign aimed at sensitizing local communities on the dangers of aiding aliens enter into the country.

Lungu: Ignorance is putting Malawi in danger.pic by Bernard Mhone

The campaign which will end on 23rd of June is targeting border districts of Karonga and Chitipa which are among those that have registered numerous cases of illegal immigrants entering Malawi.

The exercise comes at a time when many immigrants have entered the country illegally using uncharted routes, mostly with the aid of Malawian citizens.

Public Relations Officer for the department, Blackwell Lungu, said what has prompted the campaign is the ignorance most Malawians have on consequences of assisting or hosting illegal immigrants in the country.

“Information gathered so far has shown that most people aiding illegal immigrants do not even know it is a crime. Due to ignorance, they find themselves giving shelter to the immigrants without knowing that doing so is illegal that is why we decided to provide civic education to them in relation to the law,” said Lungu.

The PRO said that most Malawians are friendly towards foreigners without knowing they have entered the country illegally.

“Malawians consider it as humane such that they even prepare food for the illegal immigrants,” he said.

Assistance rendered to illegal immigrants by Malawians range from provision of food, shelter and even transporting them through the country.

Lungu said the Immigration Department saw that community sensitization was an initiative that would assist to curb cases of illegal immigrants in the country’s border districts.

From Karonga and Chitipa the department will take the activity to Nkhata Bay and Mzimba districts.

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Jasitasi Chilungamo
Jasitasi Chilungamo
5 years ago

Don’t heap blame on Malawians while the immigration staff have selling Malawian passports to foreigners like Indian.Pakis,Nigerians,Burundians and other foreign nations.Stop being hypocrite.You are the most of lowlife.

Zander mutiuze
5 years ago

Its time now but Its good that now u are taking actions. Tell your corrupted chiefs too. Use governmet tax payers TV and MCB to broadcaste this and warn Malawians for helping foreugners to get dual citizenship. Karonga is the town the Tanzanias, Burunian and Rwandas are coming in and get help by chiefs or People to get papers and get Malawian passport. Some of these have businesses and have bought land through corruption. If Malawi had a governmet which care about the country and future of our children and childrenchildren they could have seen how many foreigners are saying… Read more »

5 years ago

NDE mwati aliens..,kkkk ifexo2 tmapta Ku Mozambique mobera musayiwale

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