Updated: 03/03/2014 20:19

Number of Overstayers on downward trend

Number of Overstayers on downward trend

The number of overstayers arrested in Singapore has been on a "downward trend" over the past five years. 

It dropped by about 49 per cent, to 1,930 last year, from 3,760 in 2009. 

This was revealed by Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran in the Parliament today. 

Responding to questions from MP Arthur Fong, who asked for the procedures and actions taken against overstayers.

Ms Iswaran says overstayers are investigated in accordance with the procedures set out in the Criminal Procedure Code. 

And depending on the circumstances of each case, these offenders could be prosecuted, given a stern warning or fined. 

"They are also liable to be removed from Singapore by order of the Controller of Immigration.Persons removed under such orders are required to seek permission from the Controller of Immigration should they wish to enter Singapore in the future."

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