Operation Kurangi: Information collected from 700 immigrants

Ministry of Homeland Security and Technology has revealed that information and relevant data for over 700 immigrants have been collected under Operation Kurangi. The remarks were made by the minister on a post shared on social media. Operation Kurangi is an initiative undertaken by the government aiming to address the issue of illegal immigrants in the Maldives.

Operation Kurangi launched its first phase on May 2, in Himmafushi, Kaafu Atoll. The post-initial phase of the operation includes biometric identification procedures which will target undocumented immigrants, culminating in their deportation through coordinated efforts with the respective embassies. The ministry disclosed relevant information have been collected from the 705 immigrants currently residing on the island as part of the first phase of the initiative.

Furthermore, Minister Ihusaan revealed plans to launch operations in additional five areas in the nation simultaneously, in the near future. The minister also expressed his appreciation towards Himmafushi Island Council, for their support and assistance in conducting the operation.

During the inauguration of the operation, Minister Ihusaan outlined the objectives of the operation, aiming to resolve the illegal immigration challenge within a three-year timeframe. As a primary measure, he said that the ministry will embark on a data collection initiative, gathering fingerprints, photographs, and pertinent information of all foreign residents within the Maldives over the course of a year.

Additionally, Minister Ihusaan stated that the information collected during the first phase of the operation is not for the sole purpose of taking action against the illegal immigrants. The minister affirmed that the opportunities will be provided to illegal immigrant such that they can enter the Maldives legally.