Biometric census of foreigners ordered in Bolivia

According to a report in MercoPress, the government of Bolivia has ordered the Immigration bureau to undertake a biometrics-based census of all foreigners in the country to verify their status.

Bolivian Interior Minister Carlos Romero said that the Immigration bureau is to conduct the census work with Interpol and that they have twelve months to “regularize” the status of foreigners.

Romero told the media that the decree was approved by the Council of Ministers who took into account violent crimes involving foreigners that have occurred in recent weeks.

Romero said that there are nearly four million people a year entering or leaving Bolivia, of whom 1.6 million are foreigners. He added that only 75,000 of that 1.6 million are registered with a permanent or temporary residence.

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