Police, assisted by detention services, continued their work with raids related to illegal immigration, the Department of Home Affairs, Security, Reform and Equality said in a statement.

The work continued in the early hours of Saturday morning following several inspections carried out in both Malta and Gozo over the past few weeks.

Checks were carried out in Bugibba and St Paul’s Bay, where police spoke to several people of different nationalities. Inspections were carried out on the streets, at bus stops, as well as in residential premises where foreign citizens live, the report says.

During the search, policemen checked whether people have valid documents for residence in the country.

The police arrested people who were living in Malta without the necessary documents, with expired documents or irregularly. The process of removing these people from the country will begin immediately.

These operations are often part of a series of initiatives aimed at combating illegal immigration as part of a strategy built around prevention, return and resettlement, the statement said.

The statement said that such initiatives send a clear signal that the laws of the country must be obeyed, including how to enter it.

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