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Kenyan government deports illegal Chinese traders

 NAIROBI, Kenya – Authorities in Kenya say its interior ministry has ordered the deportation of seven Chinese nationals from the country.  The interior ministry described the deportees as individuals who have “flagrantly flouted immigration rules”.

This action comes after a public tip-off that they were working at a large second-hand clothes market in the capital, Nairobi, without the right paperwork, a statement says.

Kenyan immigration officers found that three of the Chinese people had no valid work permits and the other four were engaged in activities unauthorized by their work permits.

“Kenya welcomes and values foreigners who invest, work and visit our country and will continue to support those who adhere to our immigration and labor laws,” the government statement read.

China is working with a number of African nations on several bilateral and multilateral deals, and has been granting huge development support to African countries. However, many Africans criticized the Chinese development policies where thousands of Chinese are deployed to African countries as workers in projects financed by the Chinese government.  This, some activists and African policymakers say deprive African nationals of employment in their own countries.

In some African countries, some Chinese nationals are engaged in work that would rather be activities intended for indigenous.  

The action by the Kenyan authorities is widely praised by many Africans in Kenya and other African nations.

Taiwanese deported from Chinese in 2016

In 2016, Taiwan announced that 37 of its citizens in custody in Kenya were deported to China. So was not the first time that Kenya is cracking down on Chinese migrants.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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