The city of Sandakan in Sabah state, Malaysia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Uwe Aranas

More than 350 illegal Filipino immigrants were sent home from Sandakan, a city in the state of Sabah in Malaysia, on Wednesday night.

The country’s National Security Council (NSC) reported that 172 men, 89 women and 92 children were put on a ferry to Zamboanga City in the Philippines, according to The Malaysian Insight.

Last month, a total of 697 illegal immigrants were repatriated from Sabah. Rodzi Md Saad, the director of the NSC, said this was all part of the government’s decision to crack down on the problem of illegal immigrants in the state.

Since 2013, the NSC has repatriated a total of 93,315 illegal immigrants. Figures showed that 71,912 came from the Philippines, the Philippine Star reported.

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