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The Department of Immigration and Emigration has pointed out the need to crackdown on illicit immigrants arriving in the country which they claim amounts to about 10 percent of entrants to the island.

Controller General of Immigration and Emigration M.N. Ranasinghe said that best standards and best practices are to be applied and implemented.

He added that they were working alongside other agencies such as the airline systems, the Police, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment while noting that other agencies too should take action to improve their systems.

“We deal with the clearance of people passing through Immigration and Emigration. Each and every passenger is checked for sufficient evidence of documentation. We also prevent the passage of anyone who does not possess the relevant documentation or those who according to the law-enforcement agencies cannot be allowed in”, Ranasinghe said.

“The International Criminal Police Organization checklist is also used. While on our side we look into requirements that arise on a daily basis, improvements too must be on a continuous basis,” he said. RLJ