Thursday 14 November 2019

Airport's tough stance on Albanian migrants


Dublin Airport. (Stock image)
Dublin Airport. (Stock image)
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Immigration officers at Dublin Airport have been ordered to adopt a more robust stance in dealing with bogus asylum seekers from Albania.

Unofficial figures show that the number of claimants from Albania travelling with false identity documents has reached levels of up to 10 a day at the airport in recent months.

If officers are satisfied their documentation is bogus, they will be put on the next flight back to where they had departed for Dublin.

Under the Dublin Convention, persons seeking asylum within the EU must make their application wherever they first landed.

Many of those arriving in Dublin are coming into the country on flights from other EU countries.

The Department of Justice said last night that each person who had been refused to land in the State was assessed "on their own merits, taking all relevant information into consideration at that time. Interpretation facilities are available, as required".

"In all cases, return of persons refused leave to land are conducted in accordance with the law, with the vast majority of such returns being made to other EU countries," it said.

The department confirmed up to the end of September this year, there had been over 4,500 refusals of leave to land at Dublin Airport with the top nationalities being Albania, Georgia, Bolivia, Brazil and China.

This compares with 4,797 refused leave to land in the State in all of last year, of which 622 were from Albania.

Immigration sources told the Irish Independent there had been a steady stream of arrivals from Albania at Dublin Airport this year, with a big majority travelling with fake identity papers and coming here from other countries in the EU.

There are 12 grounds on which an immigration officer may refuse to give permission to enter the State and officers are required to provide a written notice setting out the reasons for the refusal.

They undertake a variety of checks via e-gates, standard entry booth checks and routine doorstops of aircraft on an ongoing basis.

The department said these were carried out to ensure the integrity of the State's borders and were conducted in a fair, lawful and impartial manner.

Irish Independent

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