Reports coming out of Kenya suggest that there is a growing intolerance for illegal immigrants in that country, especially those of Pakistani extraction.
According to the Daily Nation, there is growing sentiment that Pakistani nationals are facilitating the illegal entry of compatriots into the country, instead of looking to locals to fill the gap in their labour force.
Reports suggest that as many as 163 Pakistanis have been arrested in raids by Mombasa authorities this week, with hints being dropped the figure will rise before the end of the month.
Coast Regional Police Commander, Noah Mwivanda, spoke to the publication this week.
He said many of those arrested had been found in the possession of fake and expired permits.
“Those arrested were found engaging in car sales business or working in the export processing zones (EPZ),” said Mwivanda. It is clearly not just about your local Pakistani shop on the street corner.
Those who have been arrested will be deported.
The Nation reports that just last week, the Kenyan government deported six Sri Lankans who were arrested in Voi town in Taita Taveta County for allegedly engaging in the illegal gemstone trade.
The deported Sri Lankans did not have work permits either.