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Nov. 15, 2021

OWN CORRESPONDENT

2 min read

Illegal entry into Lesotho remains a challenge

Illegal entry into Lesotho remains a challenge

The Moshoeshoe I International Airport

Story highlights

  • Two foreign nationals were deported back to their native country on Monday
  • Most common deportees are citizens of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan

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HAPE Marumo, the Chief Information Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs says the issue of foreigners who enter the country illegally is a trend that has been going on since May.

She said the usual conduit they use is the Moshoeshoe I International Airport where many get arrested upon arrival.

This after two foreign men who were apprehended at the airport on Monday were deported back to their native country by the local authorities.

Ms Marumo said the most common deportees are citizens of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

“But lately, the nationals of the People’s Republic of China are also illegally entering Lesotho in great numbers,” she said.

She said to enter the country legally, one requires
documents such as a passport, visa or a travel document from the immigration department.

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She was quick to note that the ministry is however, going to enforce strategies which will be used to tackle such challenges at the airport.

“The same strategies will be applied at the border posts especially at this time when multiples are going to enter the country for the Christmas holidays,” she also said. LeNA
 

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