Airlines Face G3k Fines in Refugee Law

The Mirror (London, England), September 19, 2003 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Airlines Face G3k Fines in Refugee Law


Byline: DAMIEN LANE

TOUGH new rules that penalise airlines and ferry companies for carrying illegal immigrants come into effect today.

The new law allows the Government to hit offenders with a EUR3,000 fine for each bogus refugee on a plane, train or boat into Ireland.

But the measures were slammed by refugee groups yesterday.

Peter O'Mahony of the Refugee Council said: "These provisions have serious implications for those fleeing persecution and seeking asylum.

"Legislation like this will make it incredibly difficult for asylum seekers to get into Ireland where they feel they will be safe.

"It shifts responsibility from experienced customs officials to airline staff."

Mr O'Mahony added the laws lacked "logic" and were part of a Europe-wide policy of making it more difficult for people to get into Western countries.

He said: "There is a horrifying lack of transparency in these laws. There is no accountability.

"These laws make unreasonable demands on carriers.

"The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has strongly criticised similar laws elsewhere and with good reason."

But Justice Minister Michael McDowell said they would help safeguard the security of the state despite the criticisms.

Launching the laws, he said: "I have consulted widely with carriers prior to the introduction of this legislation.

"Carrier's liability is already in operation in many other states and carriers operating out of Ireland are already aware of how those laws operate.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Airlines Face G3k Fines in Refugee Law
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?