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Iran/United Arab Emirates (UAE): Illegal exit via boat or ferry from Bandar Abbas, Iran to Dubai, UAE; enforcement practices against illegal entry into Dubai, UAE

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 16 March 2000
Citation / Document Symbol ZZZ33983.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iran/United Arab Emirates (UAE): Illegal exit via boat or ferry from Bandar Abbas, Iran to Dubai, UAE; enforcement practices against illegal entry into Dubai, UAE, 16 March 2000, ZZZ33983.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ad811b.html [accessed 23 July 2014]
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No information regarding illegal exit from Bandar Abbas, Iran via boat or ferry to Dubai, UAE could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Information relating to enforcement practices against illegal entry into the UAE is scarce among sources consulted by the Research Directorate.  In December 1997, the UAE increased patrols of "border and coast guard units" in its territorial waters, while continuing to conduct raids to detain foreigners residing illegally in the country (The Daily Star 3 Dec.1997). Immigration Director Hader Al-Muhairi stated that immigration violations had been reduced by 80 per cent through the naval patrols and raids (ibid.). 

In May 1999, a Director of the Criminal Investigation Section once again announced that authorities would "intensify inspections nation-wide and tighten border checkpoints to thwart illegal immigrants" (Khaleej Times 12 May 1999).  He noted that "more than 90 per cent of illegal immigrants enter by sea" (ibid.). Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported that the Frontier and Coast Guards arrested and detained 13 people on 7 December 1999 and 30 people on 11 December 1999 for attempting illegal entry into the country.  On 1 March 2000 border guards arrested and detained 62 foreigners attempting to enter the UAE illegally (ArabicNews).  UAE detentions for illegal immigrants in 1998 and 1999 were 22,000 and 51,000 respectively (The Gazette 6 Feb.2000).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

ArabicNews. 1 March 2000. "62 Arrested Sneaking into UAE." [Accessed 13 Mar. 2000]

The Gazette [Montreal]. 6 February 2000. Final Edition. "U.A.E.— Detentions Soar." (NEXIS)

The Daily Star [Bangladesh]. 3 December 1997. "UAE Swoop on Immigration: Bangladeshis Held." [Accessed 13 Mar. 2000]

Emirates News Agency (WAM) [Abu Dhabi]. 7 December 1999. "Infiltrators." [Accessed 15 Mar. 2000]

_____. 11 December 1999. "Infiltrators." [Accessed 15 Mar. 2000]

Khaleej Times [Dubai]. 12 May 1999. "Illegal Immigrants a Growing Threat to National Security." [Accessed 13 Mar. 2000]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB Databases

World News Connection (WNC)

Internet sites including

Dubai Tourism

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (Washington)

Iran News

Iran Tourism

Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency (IRNA)

Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Tehran Globe

Tehran Times

UAE INTERACT

United Arab Emirates

United States Department of State

 World Ports

Search engines including

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