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They've Got Their Eye on You

Bali Increasing Surveillance and Monitoring of Foreign Residents and Visitors

(9/16/2012) The Bali immigration office is reported by Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) to be organizing an inter-agency team to more closely monitor the activities of foreign nationals living in Bali.

The head of the Bali Immigration office, Maroloan Barimbing said: “The Immigration office has a duty to closely monitor foreign nationals living here. But we need help from other institutions to effectively supervise and monitor them.”

A law passed in 2011 calls for the establishment of teams to monitor foreign nationals comprised of police officials, the Office of National Unity and Community Protection, the Public Order office, Manpower Office and other institutions.

Explaining the responsibility of the team, Barimbing said: “The team will have special authority to impose sanctions on foreigners who violate the law and regulations. But it will not have any authority with regard to deportation.”

Deportation remains the exclusive right of the immigration department.

Barimbang added: “A number of foreign citizens have violated working and residential permits. Many more foreigners are involved in a variety of legal disputes and even criminal acts.”

The new team is needed, he explained, because the job of dealing with the 2 million tourist visitors to Bali and the many foreign residents was too much for the 300 immigration officers assigned to the province.