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Refugee Screening For National Security: Dakunikuila

Every refugee in Fiji will be screened appropriately to protect national security, says a top immigration official. The number of refugees coming into the country is expected to increase says
29 Sep 2015 10:43
Refugee Screening For National Security: Dakunikuila
Arfaodi Mohamed (left) of Tunisia and Bahram Mahmoodi of Afghanistan in Suva yesterday. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Every refugee in Fiji will be screened appropriately to protect national security, says a top immigration official.

The number of refugees coming into the country is expected to increase says Immigration Department acting  manager  compliance and Investigation, Ifereimi Dakunikuila

“The department of immigration is doing a very good in job in screening refugees coming into our country as this would be a threat to our country because we are not really sure about these people’s background,” he said.

“Some can be involved in terrorists groups or activities which are a threat to our national security so it is our duty to screen them very properly before allowing them to stay in the country,” he said.

He said most of the refugees currently in Fiji were from Middle Eastern countries.

“So far there are 22 refugees registered with us and most of them are from Middle East countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan with the inclusion of Bangladesh also.

“These 22 registered refugees are all accommodated at our safe house here in Suva. This includes those that have already been approved and those that are in the process of getting approved.”

“The number of refugees in Fiji has been increasing for the last years and is expected to increase,”Mr Dakunikuila said.

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