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Mozambique’s SENAMI to introduce new measures to prevent illegal migration

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On Friday, 15 November 2019, Mozambique’s National Migration Service (SENAMI) announced it was introducing new measures to prevent foreigners overstaying in the country.

To this end, SENAMI introduced a new model for extending residence visas in the country to replace the previous system.

According to SENAMI spokesperson, Celestino Matsinhe, the new model replaces manual extension, with the submission of visa applications being made in person and only in the provincial directorates.

“We, therefore, appeal to any foreign citizen wishing to extend his or her stay to apply to the National Directorate of Migration in the area where he is staying and to submit his application personally and without resorting to intermediaries. This is for the applicant’s own safety,” Matsinhe told journalists in a brief interview on Friday, 15 November 2019.

The official added that last week, 37 undocumented foreign nationals were rounded up, 19 of which were Zimbabwean nationals.

“The most frequent migratory offenses in this period are illegal migration, illegal stay and miscommunication of accommodation addresses.”

Besides the Zimbabweans, the official said there were eight Chinese, four Bengali and the rest were other nationalities.

The provinces that have detected the largest number of undocumented migrants are Manica with 27, Sofala with five and Nampula with two.

Regarding the upcoming holiday season, Celestino said there were ongoing inspection actions to ensure greater control of the entry and exit of people in the country.

“At this time, the migratory movement in the posts is still stable and SENAMI, in conjunction with other security forces, is preparing the festive season coverage plan, and the movement is expected to start intensifying later this month.” Matsinhe said.


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