Malawi Immigration Dept. in campaign against aiding illegal immigrants


Malawi’s Department of Immigration in the north has embarked on an awareness campaign on effects of aiding illegal immigrants in the border districts of Chitipa and Karonga.

Speaking during a two day campaign in Chitipa, Immigration public relations officer in the north Blackwell Lungu said the aim of the campaign was to equip communities on effects of aiding illegal immigrants entering the county.

Lungu said Karonga and Chitipa are among the districts that have registered numerous cases of illegal immigrants entering Malawi.

Malawi Immigration Officers
Malawi Immigration Officer stresses a point during the campaign.

“We thought it wise to come here in the border districts to teach members in the community about our services and dangers on aiding immigrants using uncharted routes. It has shown that communities who aid illegal immigrants do not know that it is a crime,” he said.

However, Lungu urged community members to work hand in hand with immigration officers to minimize cases of illegal immigrants entering in the country.

Findings show that in Chitipa there are less than 10 immigration officers and the department has no vehicle which makes their work to be hard.

Speaking during the event, one of the community members in Chitipa Hastings Kayuni thanked the department of immigration for holding the awareness campaign saying it will minimize cases of illegal immigrants entering in the country.

Department of Immigration will also take the activity to Nkhatabay and Mzimba.



    1. amwene they have a right to buy visas, amachita kutsata ndondomeko but on this case the article is referring to those who do not have papers

    2. Ask those who go to the airport frequently. Not all the Asians landing there have papers One big African airline is good at this.

    3. Visa issuance at the port of entry is not applicable universally.
      Some are required to do that in their host countries, or nearest consulate/embassy/high commission.

  1. Please immigration guys, we all know you are good guys working tirelessly for our country. But look, we have friends in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Congo, Tanzania, Kenya who would like to visit us. Surely should I not help them how they can come to Malawi and see me? Many Malawians are married abroad, should they not assist partners to get into Malawi to join families???? Let us be exceotional and learn to appreciate we are not isolated nor are we in forest of lions for no visitors.

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