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Illegal Afghan Immigration In Tajik Region On The Rise

QURGHON-TEPPA, Tajikistan -- The head of the migration service in the southern Tajik region of Khatlon says there has been an increase in the number of violations of the immigration rules along the border with Afghanistan, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Izzatullo Ismoilov told RFE/RL that about 70 foreigners have been fined for breaking migration rules in the region since January, while there were only 22 such violations during the same period last year.

The majority of those fined are Afghan citizens. Ismoilov said the most serious cases are related to illegal drug trafficking.

Ismoilov said that about 1,300 foreigners have entered the province legally since January, while seven who tried to enter were deported.