The Department of Immigration has repatriated more than 200 people so far this year, according to Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson’s 2020 accomplishments report.
“Immigration remains one of the high-profile issues in national discussions,” the report notes.
“While COVID-19 has impacted operations in many unforeseen ways, we have put great effort into upholding the law, thereby protecting the fundamental dignity of the human person and protecting our borders.
“The ministry has made it a top priority to continue regular repatriation exercises to ensure that our facilities are not overrun by the influx of migrants entering the country illegally.
“We have repatriated 964 migrants in 2020 and 210 thus far in 2021.”
In November, Director of Immigration Clarence Russell said 2,664 people were deported in 2019.