The Ministry of Interior announced today that 355 illegal residents have been captured during a crackdown campaign.
Those who were captured last week in the effort had violated the UAE law of entry and residency of foreigners. Of these, 166 were in Abu Dhabi, 96 in Al Ain, 53 in Ajman, and 40 in Ras Al Khaimah, the ministry said.
The Follow up Department of Illegal Residents and Foreigners in Abu Dhabi acted on a tipoff about a number of illegal residents in different areas of the emirate. The campaign resulted in the arrests of 166 people from Asia and Africa. Of these, 116 were men, and 50 were women found to be running away from their sponsors.
The Al Ain raid resulted in the capture of 96 illegal immigrants who were found without identification documents. Of these, 53 had illegally entered the UAE, 24 had violated the UAE law of entry and residency of foreigners, 14 had run away from their sponsors, and five were working for employers other than their sponsors.
In Ajman, the campaign led to the arrest of 40 people hailing from Asia and Africa, including 21 women working for employers other than their sponsors, and 19 who had run from their sponsors to work for others.
Maj Gen Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, assistant undersecretary for naturalisation, residency and ports affairs at the Ministry of Interior, said the campaigns were part of efforts to track down illegal residents. He also called on legal residents to report such violations because they are a security threat.