CHINESE IMMIGRANTS TOP FIJI VISA OVERSTAYERS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 1, 2002 - Radio Australia)---Illegal Chinese immigrants top the list of visa overstayers in Fiji.

Department of Immigration records show that as of last July, 296 people from Mainland China had violated their visas and were staying over in the country beyond their required departure dates.

A Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson said the task of tracing their whereabouts may prove too expensive and difficult to pursue.

At the top of the list of other overstayers are citizens of New Zealand, Tuvalu, Australia and the United States.

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