S. Korea to strengthen immigration control measures ahead of G20 summit

15:25, May 10, 2010      

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The South Korean government said Monday that it will strengthen immigration control measures ahead of the Seoul G20 summit for a successful and safe hosting of the global event in November.

The Ministry of Justice said in a meeting attended by the heads of local immigration offices and ministry attaches overseas that it will establish a special task force to handle immigration matters and monitor illegal foreign residents in the country ahead of the upcoming G20 summit.

The ministry also plans to implement a fingerprint-checking system for foreigners with criminal records at airports and harbors across the country by August in order to prevent their illegal entry, it added.

The ministry said South Korea is no longer a safe zone from terrorism, as evidenced by recent arrests of two Pakistani men suspected of having links to the Taliban, and that the task force will greatly enhance the government's ability to prevent crime by foreigners and illegal immigrants, especially with the G20 summit scheduled to be held here in November.

Source: Xinhua


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