Central Region Immigration on Mass Repatriation
The central regional office of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services says will from next week start repatriation of irregular migrants as one way of decongesting the country's prisons.
Public relations officer for the regional office Pasqually Zulu says from Tuesday May 31st, 2022, about 114 Ethiopians will leave through Kamuzu International Airport fully sponsored by International Organisation for Migration.
"It requires a lot of resources to undertake this exercise. That is why Immigration management opted for Inter-state consultations mechanism on Migration and engagement of international partners to make it possible.
"We urge all Malawians to stop aiding and abetting illegal immigrants because hosting and repatriation drains resources that could help in other developmental areas on top of posing a threat to nationality security," said Zulu.
As of Wednesday May 25th, Maula Prison and Kachere young Offenders prison statistics of irregular migrants under Immigration custody is about 300 for both serving and on remand.
The initiative is in response to concerns about overcrowding in the country's prisons.