Gumii Paarlaamaa Oromoo (GPO)
Oromo Parliamentarians Council (OPC)
Somaliland Government to Expel All Illegal Immigrants
This is against the humanity they must respect internatioal law and Geneva agreement.
Hargeisa (SomalilandPress)— The Government of Somaliland today announced that it will expel about 100,000 illegal immigrants from the country. The government set one month for illegal immigrants to leave Somaliland, or face punishment, warning Somalilanders found hiding illegal immigrants will also be subject to punishment.
plans to repatriate about 80,000 – 90,000 illegal
immigrants mainly Ethiopians in one month. In a
joint press conference by the deputy minister and
the general director for the Interior ministry,
General Director of the Ministry of Resettlement,
governor of MarodiJeh region and the Mayor of
Hargeisa, ordered all illegal immigrants in
Somaliland to leave within thirty days, calling upon
all Somaliland citizens to help the government in
removing illegal foreigners.
There are about 470 families from Pakistan, Yemen and Ethiopia accepted as refugees and they will not be affected by this order.
The Deputy Minister for Interior Mr. Mohamoud
Garaad Soofe explained the reasoning behind this
announcement; ” We are concerned that over 100,000
illegal immigrants living in Somaliland, doing
whatever they want and going where ever they want.
Moreover, large number of illegal immigrants enters
the country daily, and for these reasons we are
worried that these people can mix with citizens and
settle down here, displacing Somaliland citizens…”
The General Director for the Ministry of
Resettlement Mr. Ahmed Elmi Barre, said “Somaliland
is not a dust bin but a nation with laws and
constitution, and we will not tolerate those
entering Somaliland without legal documents”.
Some Ethiopian immigrants do low paid jobs, whilst many others resort to begging and are a familiar sight on the streets of the large cities in Somaliland. The issue of illegal immigrants is a thorny one and for some time now there has been a concern about the strain on precious resources and over-crowding in urban areas.
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