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A total of 32,226 Mozambicans were deported back to Mozambique in the first half of this year, 33 percent more than the same period last year, according to a statement from the National Migration Service of Mozambique (SENAMI) released today.
According to the note, from January to June this year 32,171 Mozambican citizens were repatriated from South Africa, 36 from Malawi and 19 from Zimbabwe.
“These individuals were deported, for the most part, for being in the neighbouring countries illegally,” says SENAMI.
SENAMI warns Mozambicans that the length of stay in countries with which Mozambique has visa-free agreements is 30 days, after which they will be subject to deportation. The exception is Tanzania, which has a 90-day visa agreement.
SENAMI says that during the first half of the current year, Mozambique itself repatriated 2,775 foreign nationals against 1,873 in the same period of the previous year, an increase of 48 percent.
“This increase results from the intensification of SENAMI inspection actions,” the statement says.Source: Lusa