The Department of Immigration has urged people living near the country’s borders to love Malawi and be patriotic by reporting illegal immigrants to authorities.
Chief Immigration Officer Masauko Medi made the remarks amid increasing reports of illegal immigrants entering the country.
He said lack of patriotism by the citizens is fuelling the illegal entrance of immigrants into the country. Medi added that the proliferation of the illegal immigrants in the country could be a thing of the past if the local communities were reporting to the department.
The Immigration chief also expressed concern with some Malawians who receive bribes from the immigrants.
Medi then revealed that inadequate resources are among the factors hindering the work of the immigration department. He said the department has 700 officers across the country.
He however assured Malawians that his department will start campaigns to bring awareness on the issue.