Internal Affairs Ministry Raises Concerns About Surge in Illegal Migration in the Country

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs has expressed growing alarm over the significant rise in the number of illegal migrants residing in the country. Simon Peter Mundeyi, spokesperson for the ministry, addressed the press earlier today February 12, 2024, shedding light on this concerning trend.

Between July and December 2024, the Ministry reported a staggering 1655 arrests and subsequent investigations into foreign nationals residing unlawfully in Uganda. Mundeyi revealed that the majority of these individuals were found to be lacking the necessary documentation required to legally live in the country.

“It was found out that the majority of these foreign nationals don’t possess documents that permit them to stay in the country,” Mundeyi said.

Of particular concern are those immigrants identified as potential security risks, who have been observed working in various sectors such as factories, shops, supermarkets, and furniture stores throughout Uganda. This revelation has raised concerns among both officials and citizens, highlighting the need for stricter immigration controls and enhanced security measures.

Mundeyi also highlighted the positive impact of the new passport system implemented by the Ministry, noting that the services provided by brokers have become obsolete. The new system has proven to be highly efficient in processing passports, eliminating the need for intermediaries and streamlining the application process.

Furthermore, Agnes Igoye, Deputy National Coordinator of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Trafficking in Persons Department, stressed that certain foreign nationals are being smuggled into Uganda through designated borders, such as Malaba, where regular checks are sometimes bypassed. This smuggling practice poses a significant challenge for authorities tasked with ensuring border security and preventing illegal entry into the country.

The Ministry calls upon all citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or individuals who may be in violation of immigration laws. By working hand in hand with government agencies, it is hoped that Uganda can effectively manage its borders and maintain the safety and security of its citizens.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has pledged to take swift action to address this issue and strengthen border security measures to combat the influx of illegal migrants. Mundeyi emphasized the importance of cooperation between government agencies, emphasizing the need for collaboration to achieve more effective immigration policies and stricter law enforcement.

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