Revealed: How illegal immigrants are now ‘paying thousands of pounds to be smuggled into Britain via the Irish border’ by flying from Paris to Dublin to evade cross-Channel security
- Migrants are paying at least £10,000 for new EU passports to get them to the UK
- They are before being flown from Paris to Dublin before being driven to Belfast
- After a ferry to Scotland they go to London by road to start a new life in Britain
- Iranian Hamid admits he wasn’t worried about being caught because of security
- People smuggler told the BBC ‘Irish route’ is ‘a guaranteed way to get into the UK’
A new people smuggling route to Britain via Ireland has been set up to dodge tighter security in Calais and Dover with one illegal immigrant who did it claiming police and border agents haven’t cottoned on, it was revealed today.
Migrants are paying at least £10,000 for new EU passports before being flown from Paris to Dublin on the promise identity checks will be lax.
They then travel by car over the UK border into Northern Ireland, take the ferry from Belfast to Glasgow and then the final leg to London by road to start their new life in Britain.
A brazen people smuggler making a fortune from the scam has said the ‘Irish route’ is ‘a guaranteed way to get into the UK’ because after a passport check in Dublin that is the last time ID documents are shown
A new people smuggling route to Britain via Ireland costs £10,000 and includes a new EU passport and a flight to Ireland before safe passage to the UK
One Iranian illegal immigrant called Hamid has done the journey and said he was ‘not worried’ about being caught because of the security in Ireland.
His safe passage to Britain cost him £10,000 and a genuine Greek passport adapted to include his photograph was only checked once in Dublin and never again.
He told BBC South-East, who have investigated the route, that police and border officials appear to have been focussing on their efforts on the Calais and Dover areas.
Describing what happened he said: ‘When I got on the plane I was not worried.
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‘When we arrived in Dublin, I went through passport control – I passed through the checks and was able to leave.
‘This route from Dublin is still fresh and the police do not focus on it as they do at Gatwick or Heathrow’.
Former director general of immigration enforcement Dave Wood said the investigation had revealed a huge gap in security.
He said: ‘If there are weaknesses at Irish ports or Irish airports, they will exploit them and use them, because once you’re into Ireland, effectively you’re into the UK.
‘There’s nothing stopping people once you’re in Ireland travelling north to Northern Ireland and then to the wider UK’.
One Iranian illegal immigrant called Hamid (pictured in a hooded top) has done the journey and told the BBC he was ‘not worried’ about being caught because of the security in Ireland
Former Immigration Minister Damian Green, who was one of Theresa May’s most trusted advisers, says there can be no hard border between Ireland and the UK post-Brexit.
He added, however, that they ‘have to get those arrangements right’.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The UK and Irish governments work closely on border security. Our existing joint programme of work with Ireland includes investment in border procedures, increased data sharing and use of passenger data’.
Rachid Redouane launched the London Bridge attack with two other jihadis – but had got back to Britain after being deported having married an Irish woman
There have been concerns that ‘backdoor terrorists’ could use Ireland to get to Britain after one of the London Bridge attackers was deported to Morocco only to return to the UK via Ireland.
Rachid Redouane, 32, was first recorded being in Dublin in 2012 where he married Charisse O’Leary, 38, who is originally from the UK.
Before he launched his attack with two other jihadis he lived at an apartment block in Rathmines, south Dublin, with Ms O’Leary.
After four years of marriage he was then able to return to the UK legally because a legal loophole and within a year had launched the deadly attack on London Bridge and inside Borough Market.
In 2011 Ireland adopted an EU directive that allows citizens from outside the EU to travel freely between Britain and Ireland if they marry an EU citizen.
A common travel area exists between Ireland and the UK meaning that there are no passport checks.
There are growing concerns that the rule is allowing terrorists into Britain via Ireland.
A security source told the Irish Mirror: ‘Their main aim is to get a GNIB or FAM (EU identity card). Once they have that they can move freely to the UK.
‘They often have an address in Ireland which they do not use but it takes the suspicion off them when they are living in Britain as Ireland is official their country of residence.
‘They are calling them “backdoor terrorists” or sleepers and that’s a fair description’.
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