I like that—instead of asylum seekers, let’s use the phrase asylum shoppers!
A new UK system to track rejected asylum seekers as they “shop” around with different names and even different nationalities attempting to get into Ireland has revealed some surprising (to some!) statistics. But, of course those Somalis coming across our US borders and asking for asylum are all legit, right?
TWO-THIRDS of failed asylum seekers investigated so far this year under a new agreement with the UK were found to be involved in identity swapping, the Irish Independent has learnt.
Cross-checks carried out by gardai using British fingerprint records revealed that about 1,300 out of 2,000 failed asylum seekers investigated were known to Britain’s Border Agency under a different name.
Of those looked at, about a third had given a different nationality to the UK authorities.
The scale of the identity swapping scam was uncovered under a data sharing plan, which is a key feature of a common travel area agreement signed by Ireland and Britain last Christmas.
The aim of the data sharing is to unearth previously undisclosed UK immigration histories that could help the Irish authorities in processing the cases of failed asylum seekers, a senior official told the Irish Independent last night.
He said this information was vital in helping to determine whether a deportation order should be issued against an applicant.
Of the 2,000 asylum seekers investigated, cross-checks found 600 had already been identified by UK agencies either as asylum shoppers with previous applications to the UK or as previous British visa seekers.
In the majority of fingerprint matches, those claiming asylum in Ireland had already been granted UK visas.
The official added that more than 80 people who had claimed asylum here as Somalis had previously been granted a UK visa using a Tanzanian identity.
Tip of the iceberg!
“This is only the tip of the iceberg”, the official predicted last night….
Update: Identity problem keeps supposed Somali woman from marrying in Ireland, here. LOL! Looks like some of these people need the services of the reality show along with Barack Obama—Who do you think you are?