WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN; Refugees Desperate to Flee Mainland Europe for New Life in Ireland Stow Away on Ferries to Rosslare and Cork.(News)

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WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN; Refugees Desperate to Flee Mainland Europe for New Life in Ireland Stow Away on Ferries to Rosslare and Cork.(News)


Byline: EXCLUSIVE from TIM FINAN in Brittany

TWO French ports with sea links to Cork and Rosslare are being targeted by a new wave of desperate refugees who will stop at nothing to reach Ireland from mainland Europe.

As many as 30 illegal immigrants daily - mostly from Eastern Europe and Asia - are attempting to stow away on ferries from Cherbourg to Rosslare.

The French have sent in extra squads of riot police to deal with increasing numbers of refugees squatting at the Norman port.

And gendarmes at Roscoff in Brittany have reported a huge rise in the number of arrests on ferries bound for Cork.

A prosecutor at the small port said gendarmes are powerless to control a worsening situation.

"We are just overwhelmed. We don't know what to do with these people and want government action," said Bertrand Daillie.

Many of the so-called asylum seekers are from Romania. Others are from Afghanistan and Kurdistan. Some come from as far as China and Zimbabwe. All have travelled huge distances to escape grinding poverty or unrelenting repression.

They are desperate to escape the clutches of French-based Mafia gangs from eastern Europe who promise them tickets to new lives in Britain and Ireland. In many cases the gangsters rob them of their money and force young girls and men to prostitute themselves in French cities.

French police say growing numbers of families of homeless Romanians, who need no visas to enter France, travel from town to town begging and stealing.

Many have opted for Ireland or the UK and are hanging around Channel ports in the hope of stowing away in lorries.

Thousands of Afghans have fled a country pillaged by two decades of war and years of repression by the Taliban regime.

The Kurds from northern Iraq fled murderous attacks by Saddam Hussein who used chemical weapons to exterminate whole villages.

The Afghans and Kurds travelled hundreds of miles through Iran and Turkey in the hope of reaching Europe.

But on the way they say they fell victim to ruthless gangs of Russian and Albanian smugglers.

Faced with poverty and repression in rural Romania, they were talked into selling up and parting with thousands of pounds by the fast-talking gangsters.

They were told they would enjoy new lives for them and their children in prosperous Ireland and multi-racial Britain.

Whole families of mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts together with their children were loaded into coaches and driven to EU borders or smuggled into Italy on boats from Albania.

Once in Europe they were packed into lorries like cattle and driven to France.

French sources have reported that girls as young as 15 were told that factory and office jobs awaited them.

Young men were shown counterfeit work contracts and told that immigration formalities had been carried out. Instead, lives on the street were all they found in France.

In many cases young people were lent money by the gangs and then forced to beg or prostitute themselves when they could not pay back the loans.

Many decided to attempt to cross the Channel themselves and made their to the Red Cross camp at Sangatte near Calais where they were given food and shelter.

But after a series of violent incidents between refugees and people smugglers at the camp and mass attempts by asylum seekers to break through the Channel Tunnel, the French have decided to close the camp next spring.

In the meantime, tough new French security measures have stemmed the flood of illegal immigrants into Britain via the tunnel.

Now ruthless gangs of people smugglers, based on the French coast, are moving their operations further west towards ports with sea links to Ireland and Western England.

The French say that a new cat and mouse game is being played at western channel ports between harassed police, people smugglers and desperate refugees. …

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