Minister to discuss illegal immigration, fishermen detention
Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram - YOUM7

CAIRO: The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram is scheduled to visit Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh Monday to look into risks of illegal immigration and fishermen’s detentions abroad, Youm7 reported.

During her visit, Makram will meet with Kafr el-Sheikh governor El-Sayed Nasr and representatives of the National Council for Women, National Council for Motherhood and Childhood as well as a number of NGOs.

Hundreds of unregistered migrants, both Egyptians and foreigners, have been arrested before attempting to sail to European states via the Mediterranean departing from the coast of Kafr el-Sheikh governorate.

The Cabinet passed in 2015 a draft law imposing imprisonment and a fine for human trafficking and illegal immigration.

In May 2015, some 47 Sudanese were deported after being arrested along with Egyptians in a fishing boat heading to Italy.

Makram will further tackle problems facing many fishermen on their fishing trips, where they repeatedly get arrested by coastal guards of neighbor countries; mostly Tunisia and Libya, over the crime of entering territorial waters illegally.

On Jan.8, 13 Egyptian fishermen returned home after they were being held by Tunisian authorities over violating Tunisian regional waters.

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