The Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) intensified crackdown on illegal aliens has resulted in almost 3,000 “undesirables” being denied entry into the country, officials said.
In a press statement, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco reported that a total of 2,778 undesirable aliens and improperly documented foreign nationals were excluded by immigration officers from January to October this year.
Majority of those excluded from the country were Chinese nationals, while 414 were Vietnamese, 214 Indonesians, 204 Americans, and 138 Indian nationals.
Most of these foreigners attempted to enter the Philippines via Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Tansingco added.
The BI chief said that last year, the BI excluded a total of 2,768 foreigners for various reasons, 52 percent of which for being likely to become a public charge, while 20 percent were excluded for being improperly documented.
Tansingco added that the strengthened port monitoring was a result in the increase of arriving foreign nationals after restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic were finally relaxed this year.
“As the world opens, the number of travelers has increased. And with this also comes the increase of illegal aliens attempting to enter the country,” he said.
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