06 Feb '12, 3am

Number of immigration offenders falls to record low in 2011: ICA

Number of immigration offenders falls to record low in 2011: ICA

The number of immigration offenders arrested last year fell to a record low, with less of them managing to make it into Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG By Tham Yuen-C The arrest of immigration offenders fell to a record low last year due to enhanced checks around Singapore's borders. Some 930 illegal immigrants were nabbed in 2011, 35 per cent less than the 1,430 arrested in the previous year. There were also fewer overstayers arrested, with their numbers dropping to 2,180 last year from 2,830 the year before. This was mainly down to tighter border security, which helped sieve out immigration offenders, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore on Monday. But while the immigration situation had improved, the ICA saw a surge in attempts at smuggling contraband items at the checkpoints in 2011.

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