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Friday, August 24, 2007

Chinese influx report tabled in Solomon Islands' parliament.

Up to 80 percent of successful applicants for new Solomon Islands passports come from just one province in China, a report to Parliament reveals.

It also reveals that 65 percent of citizenship applications are being granted despite some cases not meeting residency requirements.

The shock revelation of the inflow of people from the People’s Republic of China is contained in the Public Accounts Committee Report on the Immigration Division.

The committee also reported critical breakdowns in passport management, with lost or stolen documentation.

The report further highlights inadequate follow-up and action over illegal immigrants and deportees; and false visas not being followed up.

The committee noted with concern the significant issues over naturalization certificates and passports for people predominantly in ethnic groups not meeting the 10-year residency requirements.

The report also alleged other shortcomings in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Immigration.

Source: SIBC

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