144,607 foreigners were brought to Maldives under working permit, from which 63,000 are predicted to be brought illegally, said Maldives immigration.
Midst the press conference, immigration controller Mohamed Ahmed (Hanafy) had said that many foreigners have been brought to Maldives illegally.
He had also said that things done during the governance of Abdulla Yameen were not done as the rules say.
Hanafy had confirmed that working on clearing the misinterpretations about immigration is ongoing. An operation under which sending the people who came illegally will be sent back to their countries is under way.