Brunei whipped 68 foreign workers for immigration offenses this year amid mounting efforts to stop migrants from settling illegally in this oil-rich sultanate, a news report said Monday.
Authorities carried out 1,934 checks on foreigners between January and mid-December, up from 1,658 last year, according to Immigration Department data reported by the Borneo Bulletin newspaper.
Sixty-eight people were convicted of immigration violations and whipped with rattan canes, the report added, without providing a comparison with previous years.
Phones at the Immigration Department rang unanswered Monday.
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