Macau (MNA) – The current 180 beds in the detention centre at Pac On Immigration Department would be able to cope with the potential growth of foreign overstayers when the new immigration law is implemented, claimed Lau Ka Weng, an officer of the Immigration Investigation Department of the Public Security Police Force (CPSP).
In light of the attempt to revise the immigration law by the Macau SAR Government, this Sunday’s open-air debate, Macao Forum, which held at the Areia Preta Park, discussed immigration issues including issues of recognisance forms, fake marriage and underage border crossings.
Legislators Wong Kit Cheng and Song Pek Kei, both of whom appeared on the programme, pointed out the concern over a lack of facilities when it comes to the detention of unidentified foreigners in the city after the regulation regarding the issue of recognisance forms is to be revised.
The current law stipulates that foreign overstayers would be eventually received temporary permits if the authority is unable to identify the overstayers after 60 days in detention.
However, with the growing concern over potential social disorder caused by foreign overstayers, the local government is currently proposing the cancellation of a detention period for people who overstay their Macau visa.
Officer Lau stated that the revision of the related regulation would pose as a deterrence to overstayers to provide accurate identification documents for repatriation.