The government of the Congo Democratic Republic is continuing its campaign of expelling unemployed foreigners.?
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Background: The government of the Congo Democratic Republic is continuing its campaign of expelling unemployed foreigners. Last week the government announced that unemployed foreigners or those who did not fulfil immigration formalities would be expelled. The orders of deportation have so far effected mainly visiting Africans in Congo-Kinshasa. An official complaint has been made to the government by the Nigerian ambassador. Congolese officials explained that the present measures were aimed at smugglers of diamonds and other precious minerals.
SYNOPSIS: The government of the Congo Democratic Republic is continuing its policy of expelling unwelcome foreigners. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Laurent Eketebi explained the policy on Thursday to visiting officials from West Africa.
Mr Eketebi told the delegation that although Congo-Kinshasa wanted to maintain excellent relations with friendly nations, the government would take action against unemployed foreigners who did not fulfil immigration formalities. Congolese officials have explained that the present policy of expelling foreigners were aimed at stopping the illicit smuggling of diamonds and precious stones out of the country.