Merauke, Jubi – The Merauke Class II Immigration Office continues to monitor the presence of 79 foreign nationals in Merauke Regency, South Papua Province. These foreigners work in a number of companies, and some are clergy.
Merauke Class II Immigration Office acting head Rohtuhaman Saragih told Jubi on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, the 79 foreigners consist of 39 South Koreans, 21 Chinese, six Pakistanis, five Americans, two Dutch citizens, two Thais, two Yemeni citizens, an Indian, and a Malaysian.
“We have an intelligence division and immigration enforcement that supervises the 79 foreigners. In addition, we also monitor the entry and exit of people at Mopah Airport, whenever there are foreigners, they are immediately checked,” said Saragih.
Saragih said that the 79 foreigners in Merauke Regency have different residence permits. Nine people have a permanent residence permit (ITAP), 62 people have a limited stay permit (ITAS), and eight people have a visiting permit (ITK).
“Their documents are complete and registered with Immigration. Even so, we are not careless. We still keep an eye on them, including monitoring at the airport. There are our members who are ready to check whenever a foreigner enters or leaves,” he said.
“If there are violations committed by foreigners, we will take action according to the Immigration Law,” he continued.
If there are violations by foreigners such as staying in Merauke Regency even though their residence permit has expired, then the person concerned will be secured and processed under the Immigration Law.
“For the past two years, there have been no immigration violations in Merauke. The number of foreigners entering Merauke in recent years has decreased. Previously, hundreds of workers of PT Korindo were foreigners but many have returned home,” he concluded. (*)