The Bureau of Immigration deported last year more than 3,000 aliens who were found to have violated immigration laws.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Chinese deportees, who totaled 3,009, comprised the bulk of the 3,219 aliens who were sent out in 2020.
“Deported aliens are automatically placed in our blacklist, and are banned from re-entering the Philippines,” Morente said.
He said many of the deportees were arrested for working without a permit, involvement in unauthorized online gaming operations, telecommunications fraud, economic crimes, investment scams and cybercrime activities.
“We have arrested big batches of aliens in the past years through the joint operations of BI operatives with other local law enforcement agencies,” said Morente.
But he noted that due to the pandemic the number of aliens deported last year was lower compared to the more than 6,000 who were expelled in 2019.
“This was a result of the travel restrictions imposed by the government, wherein very little number of aliens were able to enter the country,” he said.
Morente said that, aside from Chinese nationals, topping the list of deportees were 60 Vietnamese, 40 Koreans, 25 Americans, 20 Japanese, 12 Indians and five Pakistanis.
“Some of them were wanted fugitives whose arrest ands deportation was sought by the governments of the countries where they have been charged or convicted for various crimes,” he said.