File photo of illegal immigrants from the Philipinnes at a detention center in Sabah.

File photo of illegal immigrants from the Philipinnes at a detention center in Sabah.

The government had to spend RM30.2 million to send back to their countries of origin 154,729 illegal immigrants between 2007 and this year, the Dewan Rakyat was told Thursday.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said the government also had to shoulder expenditure of RM30 a day for every illegal immigrant held at immigration depots.

“This covers the daily cost and treatment cost only, and not medical cost. The cost of air, sea and land charges is borne by the government,” he said when replying to a question from Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (PKR-Bagan Serai).

Mohsin Fadzli had also wanted to know the number of illegal immigrants held between 2006 and 2008 and the centres where they were detained as well as the period of their detention.

Abu Seman said 248,939 were held at immigration depots nationwide during the period.

He also said that the period of detention of an illegal immigrant depended on several factors, such as the travel document, flight ticket and verification by the relevant embassy.

— BERNAMA