Fri, 15 Dec 2000

40 foreigners deported this year

TANGERANG (JP): The Tangerang Immigration Office so far this year has deported some 40 foreign nationals for various immigration violations.

The director of the Tangerang Immigration Office, Budi Hermanto, said on Thursday 40 percent were nationals from South Korea, while the rest were from Taiwan, the United States, Japan, Iraq and Malaysia.

Budi did not say how many foreigners had been netted by his office over the course of the year, but said "most of them have been kicked out of the country".

Most of the foreigners, he said, were arrested during raids by his office.

"Most of the arrested foreigners had visas for business and tourist purposes but they actually worked in Tangerang.

"This was considered violating their stay permits," he said.

Tangerang, located west of Jakarta, is home to numerous factories, most of which are owned by export-oriented firms. (07/41)