Six illegal immigrants on the run after breaking out of detention facility

Six of 31 illegal immigrants who were intercepted off the coast of southern Taiwan three days ago have escaped from a detention facility in Taichung City, according to reports today, March 24. Six of seven men being held in a room at a former coast guard camp were found missing when the room was checked at 7:00 am this morning, according to SETN. An aluminium bar on a window had been forced open, allowing the six men to squeeze out

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In midst of epidemic prevention efforts, people smugglers attempt to land 31 Vietnam nationals

Police and coast guard officers seized a boat and arrested two Taiwanese and 31 Vietnamese nationals off the coast of Pingtung County, yesterday March 21. The people-smuggling bust comes at a time when Taiwan is ramping up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including a ban on the entry of foreign nationals, and compulsory quarantines for residents returning from abroad. A joint police and coast guard task force responded after receiving intelligence about the people smuggling operation involving a

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Unidentified foreigner who tried to stowaway on outbound flight appears in court

An man who remains unidentified four months after being caught attempting to stowaway on a flight from Taiwan to Palau appeared in court today, but had only one thing to say to the judge. “Dear friend, Jesus is God,” the long-haired, bearded man declared to the judge in fluent Chinese. Other than that statement, and a “thank you,” also spoken in Chinese, “Man A,” as he was referred to during the hearing at the Taoyuan District Court, remained cooperative, but

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Elderly Japanese man found to have overstayed his tourist visa for 36 years

An elderly man will be assisted back to Japan after Hualien County police found that he had overstayed his tourist visa by 36 years. Mr Hori, 82, arrived in Taiwan on a tourist visa in 1983, according to National Immigration Agency records. Mr Hori told police that after his arrival, he had become involved in a mining venture in Hualian County’s Yuli Township. Hori worked as an engineer maintaining drilling machinery and explosives. However, when the venture failed, Hori had

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11 illegal migrant workers found hidden in back of truck in Taitung City

Police in Taitung City enforcing a ban on gravel trucks on restricted roads found a group of illegal Vietnamese workers hiding in the back of a truck. Police officers pulled over the truck at around 4:00pm Thursday, January 10, on Heping Road in Beinan Township at a road-stop manned by 10 police officers. Officers reported that the truck driver had a negative attitude, and was uncooperative and evasive when questioned. One of the officers noticed suspicious movement under the black

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2 Vietnamese Illegal Immigrants Die Attempting to Land in Taitung

Two Vietnamese nationals died when an inflatable raft overturned while attempting to land on a beach in Taitung County this morning. Another 3 illegal immigrants, and two Taiwanese people-smugglers were arrested after a search of the area. Coast Guard officers from Kaohsiung intercepted a fishing boat carrying 16 Vietnamese at around 2:30am, 12.5 nautical miles off the east coast of Pingtung County. Meanwhile, at around 2:17am, officers of the coast guard’s 10th squadron in Taitung County detected by radar a

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65 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in Swoop on Chicken Slaughterhouse

Immigration police, New Taipei City police, and Labor Bureau officials yesterday raided a chicken slaughter and distribution factory in Hsinchuang District. Of 78 foreign workers, 65 were found to be undocumented. Police received a tip-off recently that a chicken factory was employing the undocumented foreign workers in order to meet extra demand for chicken meat in the lead up to the mid-Autumn festival, when Taiwanese according to recent tradition, gather with family and friends to enjoy a barbecue. The 2,000

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Coast Guard Intercepts Boatload of Illegal Immigrants

[Cover Picture: Liberty Times Network] A Chinese fishing boat carrying 19 illegal immigrants from Vietnam was intercepted by Kaohsiung Coastguard officers yesterday evening, April 9, 2017. According to a Liberty Times Network report, 10 females and 9 males had paid people smugglers around US$6,000 (NT$180,000), to be transported to Taiwan. The Vietnamese had traveled to the coast of China, where they boarded the fishing vessel. Coastguard officers arrested the 19, along with 3 boat crew around 12 nautical miles off

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