The Immigration Department says the country has recorded an increase in the number of foreign immigrants.
Immigration Department Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mulako Mbangweta, attributed the influx of what she described as economic migrants to the prevailing global economic recession.
Ms. Mbangweta told ZANIS in Lusaka today that more foreign nationals have continued to express interest to settle and work in Zambia following job cuts in various countries due to the world economic recession.
She however said the department is not keen to allow foreign nationals to seek jobs in the country because Zambia has enough human resource that flooded the job market.
Ms. Mbangweta further disclosed that the country has also recorded a reduction in business visitors and added that the department is still studying trends on the influx of other categories of visitors into the country.
Ms Mbangweta also said her department has scaled up patrols to ensure that foreign nationals do not cross the country illegally.
She said this is despite the manpower shortage that the department is currently facing adding that most border areas in the country are porous.
Ms. Mbangweta has also commended Zambians for being vigilant and reporting suspected illegal immigrants to the department.
She said members of the public should continue being patriotic and vigilant against illegal immigrants to enhance national security.
Ms. Mbangweta has however cautioned Zambians against assisting foreign nationals obtain national documents such as green National Registration Cards and passports.
She warned that those involved in the practice will be dealt with sternly if found wanting as the illegal practice is a danger to national security.