Ukraine declares Tongans migration risk

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Tonga Immigration Department. Photo/Kalino Lātū

Tongan citizens have been classified as a migration risk by Ukraine.

Travellers from the kingdom and Papua New Guinea are the only two Pacific nations on a list of 70 countries whose nationals are considered a migration risk.

People from countries on the list will have to supply biometric data.

This can include fingerprints and other  physical evidence.

Heads of state and government, members of parliamentary and government delegations will be exempt.

The list of countries includes Nigeria, Egypt and Pakistan as well as all former Portuguese colonies in Africa.

Ukraine introduced tougher migration rules for Russian citizens following Russia’s invasion of the Crimea in 2014.

Tourism figures fell from 24 million before the invasion to 12 million after the invasion.

Numbers climbed to 16  million in 2016.

It is not known how many Tongans have  ever visited the Ukraine.

The main points

  • Tongan citizens have been classified as a migration risk by Ukraine.
  • Travellers from the kingdom and Papua New Guinea are the only two Pacific nations on a list of 70 countries whose nationals are considered a migration risk.

For more information 

Tonga and PNG on Ukraine migration risk list

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