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SL border officials thwart 10 illegal migration attempts via BIA in first quarter

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Colombo, April 1 (Daily Mirror) - About ten unlawful attempts by the Sri Lankans to leave their homeland for good in search of European greener pastures have been thwarted by the local border controlling agents during the first quarter of this year.

The Department of Immigration and Emigration officials stationed at the country’s main airport Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have made these interceptions from January 01 to March 31 in 2024.

A senior official of the department’s investigation wing told the Daily Mirror that most of the arrested passengers were from the North and East areas of Jaffna, Vavuniya and Batticaloa.

The intercepted passengers have either used forged Sri Lankan passports, forged international visas pasted in the genuine local passports or fake foreign resident visa cards. And their favourite destination has been identified as Italy.

About six arrested persons have tried to leave for Italy, including two females, whilst two others have tried to leave for France and Romania.

The investigations into these cases have revealed that each and every arrested passenger had paid large sums of money ranging from one to three million rupees to various persons to get their forged documents done.

The latest arrest was made on Sunday evening when a middle-aged man from the North had tried to leave for Italy was stopped at the BIA Departure Terminals with a forged Italian visa in his Sri Lankan passport.

The senior official explained that the rising cost of living and the harsh economic situation in the country have prompted most of the intercepted passengers to leave the country for greener pastures.

The Immigration and Emigration Department have handed over all the apprehended passengers to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Unit at the BIA for further inquiries.


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  • A Tuesday, 02 April 2024 12:32 PM

    These are the people who spoil the genuine people from getting a visa.

    navratne willamune Tuesday, 02 April 2024 04:10 PM

    nothing new this has been happening for years.years ago customs and emigration departments were predominently from north they helped themself.


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