Three Vietnamese illegal immigrants caught after swimming from Macao to Zhuhai

09:23, May 31, 2011      

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Three illegal immigrants from Vietnam were apprehended Sunday night in the city of Zhuhai in south China's Guangdong Province after allegedly trying to cross the border by swimming from China's Macao Special Administrative Region, local authorities said Monday.

One of the illegal immigrants said that he was smuggled to Macao in mid-February after paying about 10,000 yuan to a smuggler, according to Li Shuiqing, an official from the Border Control Department of Guangdong's Public Security Department.

The illegal immigrants said they left Macao because of large workloads and little pay, leading them to try to cross the border near Zhuhai to look for better jobs, Li said.

The three are currently being held in Zhuhai and will be extradited to Vietnam later, Li said.

Source: Xinhua
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