Interior and coordination Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has announced that his ministry will launch a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants from 23rd of this month. This exercise will pave way for their deportation.
The Cabinet Secretary confirmed that the immigration department has so far verified 18,227 work permits for foreigners operating in the country.
Matiang’i further revealed that 31 fake permits have been netted with three brokers issuing fake permits arrested in the ongoing work permit verification and registration.
Addressing the press Tuesday, when he toured the verification center at the Nyayo house Nairobi, the CS stated that all foreign workers should come forward and submit their documentation for verification the saying that the deadline which expires on the 22nd of July will not be extended.
The verification exercise was launched on 21st of May after the immigration department discovered that only 34,000 foreigners are currently holding permits to work in Kenya, but thousands others remain unregistered.
Matiang’i noted that tourists, diplomats, students as well as foreign specialists will be exempted from the exercise aimed at flushing out those living in the country illegally.
Matian’gi said he will be introducing bill in parliament that will require foreigners to pay for their tickets back home if found in breach of guidelines noting that currently, taxpayers would have to shoulder the burden of paying for those who will not have acquired their permits by the set deadline.
Before the verification exercise, Kenya had issued work permits to about 34,000 foreigners.
The number of those operating in the country is however estimated to be about 100,000.