MILNE Bay provincial government last week started a special operation to remove all foreigners illegally working and living in the province, The National reports.
Customs commissioner Gary Juffa, who was in the province for the start of the operation, said the exercise was targeting people who breached Papua New Guinea’s migration and labour laws.
“The aim of the operation is to scrutinise foreign workers living and working in Milne Bay and also to ensure they comply with labour and migration laws,” he said.
“Time and time again we hear and read of illegal foreign business and foreigners illegally living in and working in PNG,” Juffa said.
“We must protect the interests of PNG and its people,” he said.
The two-week operation was spearheaded by the provincial administration, customs, police and the office of labour and migration.
Juffa commended the Milne Bay provincial administration for its initiative, saying customs would work closely with the administration to ensure the exercise was a success.
He said a number of foreigners had already been deported from the province after they were found to be illegally working and living there.
He said, so far, Milne Bay and East New Britain were the only provinces who were actually removing illegal foreigners and business working or operating there.
While in the province, Juffa attended a gathering hosted by the Border Development Authority to discuss trans-boundary issues.