Sunday, January 23, 2005

Five Malaysians To Be Deported

Excerpt from Bernama

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- Five Malaysians were among 59 people ordered to leave Australia after they were caught in raids by the Immigration Department for staying illegally in the country.

Immigration Minister Senator Amanda Vanstone said 50 were "unlawful non-citizens" and nine were found to be in breach of their visa conditions.

"The illegal workers were located across several industry types including construction, hospitality and manufacturing," senator Vanstone said.

"A total of 35 people were located at their workplaces and warning notices will be issued to all employers."

The operations were conducted throughout Sydney, including the suburbs of Liverpool, Girraween, Marrickville, Botany, Camperdown, Hurstville, Fairfield, Penrith, Merrylands, the northern beaches and Circular Quay in the last two days.

Of those detained, 38 were men and 21 women. Twelve came from China, Indonesia (8), Egypt (6), Fiji (5), Malaysia (5), Thailand (4), Pakistan (3), Lebanon (3), two each from the Philippines, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka and one each from Nigeria, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan and Bangladesh.

-- BERNAMA

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