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Malaysia begins crackdown on illegal immigrants

[JURIST] Malaysia Tuesday began a campaign to round up an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants currently in the country, after extending an amnesty period [JURIST report] several times. Police and immigration officials conducted searches around the country in an effort to round up illegal workers. The program has caused tension with Indonesia, as the majority of the illegal workers are Indonesian. An estimated 400,000 immigrants took advantage of the amnesty offer that allowed them to return freely to their home countries. Those detained in the current campaign will be barred from returning to the country. Malaysian news agency Bernama has local coverage. The Financial Times has more.

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