Thousands caught living illegally in UAE

The Anti-Infiltration Department of the Dubai Police caught 35,000 men and women caught so far in 2016, the report added. (Photo: AP)

Authorities in the UAE have busted thousands of people living and working illegally in the UAE, local daily Khaleej Times has reported.

The Anti-Infiltration Department of the Dubai Police caught 35,000 men and women caught so far in 2016, the report added.

People caught living illegally in the UAE face fines of up to approximately $15,000. The owners of the companies employing them also face punishment which varies depending on if they are local or not.

Emirati employers of illegal migrants face a minimum 6-month jail term, while expat employers face deportation and lifetime ban from the UAE.

According to The Anti-Infiltration Department of the Dubai Police most of the illegal workers are from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Africa.

Of those caught about 6,900 were from Bangladesh, 380 of which were women. Meanwhile 4,232 Pakistanis were caught, just six were women, the report added.

And according to Dubai Police many of those living illegally in the country have been linked with serious crime.

Dubai Police’s Major-General Khalil Ibrahim al Mansouri said the UAE were becoming stricter in reinforcing laws surrounding its migrant population.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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