Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail claimed that significant progress has been made in resolving the Maldives’ illegal immigration problem.
Minister Fayyaz was summoned to the People’s Majlis on Monday to face questions from Majority Leader and Central-Henveyru MP Ali Azim on the measures taken to address the Maldives’ illegal immigration problem.
In response to a question from Maduvvari MP Adam Shareef about Fayyaz’s previous comments about resigning if the issue of undocumented migrants was not resolved, Fayyaz stated that when the current administration took office, the people were extremely concerned about the issue of undocumented migrants, as well as the previous administration’s handling of the issue.
He went on to say that he had said that he would resign from his position in order to ensure that every attempt is made to resolve the situation.
Further, Minister Fayyaz stated that the progress achieved to address the issue of illegal immigration will be visible through statistics, adding that the progress done thus far is acceptable and appreciated by the public.
According to Fayyaz, about 43,000 illegal immigrants registered under the administration’s immigrant control effort, with 8,938 foreigners sent back home on their own request by authorities and 15,000 departed on their own.
One of the Solih administration’s main campaign commitments was to address the country’s long-standing illegal immigration problem.