Beijing cracks down on illegal foreignersMay 15th, 2012 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, May 15 (IANS) To improve security in Beijing, authorities here have decided to clamp down on foreigners illegally entering, residing or working in the Chinese capital.
According to a Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau spokesperson, the campaign which commenced Tuesday will last till August end, Shanghai Daily reported.
As part of the drive, police will comb communities believed to have large numbers of such people and encourage public to report about them, as well as tighten reviews of visa applications.
Foreigners found to be violating relevant laws may face penalties ranging from fines or detention to deportation, according to the police.
“There are no special groups before the law. We will protect the legal rights of all people, including foreigners, who work and live in Beijing while punishing those who violate the law,” the spokesman added.
According to official data, nearly 200,000 foreigners are in Beijing every day, including 120,000 inhabitants.
Police records also show that foreigners without income, a home and a job are more likely to commit illegal acts in the city.
Last week, Beijing police reported that a British national was detained on suspicion of assaulting a Chinese woman in downtown Beijing.
–Indo-Asian News SErvice
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