All-out roundup of undocumented OFWs imminent


THE deportation of undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) is imminent as they get into problems of the laws with other countries, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said that the round up against undocumented OFWs is not only limited to Japan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Syria but ”all over the place.”

Hernandez said the Japanese government has intensified its campaign against undocumented foreign nationals, in which the Philippines is considered as having the largest number of deportees in its immigration centers.

“We are the largest foreign nationals in detention but we are the third largest of illegal overstays in Japan,” he added.

Hernandez said that currently there are more than 100 Filipinos in Japan’s immigration centers waiting deportation.

“Foreign nationals who violate provisions of Japan’s Immigration Control Act undergo deportation procedures and those who refuse to consent to the deportation are detained in the immigration centers,” he explained.

Hernandez said that a chartered flight carrying Filipino returnees from Japan arrived in Manila on Saturday.


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