Lille loophole serves as gate pass for illegal immigrants
Recently is has been found that it is easy to get in Britain travelling through a Eurostar train from Brussels that permits boarders to travel even without a passport check.
The current Situation:
Lately it has been a cause of worry for the authorities when they noticed that the illegal immigrants have an easy scope of getting in UK, through the Eurostar trains, which they can easily board from Brussels to Lille and then can get in London. As per the freedom of movement rights specified by the governments between the Belgium and France allows the people to travel through the train even without any kind of passport check. The so called loop-hole in the system couldn’t really stop anybody even without a passport from getting them into the country.
This escape for the illegal immigrants is the result of Schengen agreement, which was implemented by many European countries counting in France and Belgium as well according to which the passengers can travel to different countries without undergoing a passport check.
Passengers missing the Checks:
But as UK is not a part of Schengen agreement the passengers travelling to UK have to undergo the passport checking, due to which Eurostar trains from Brussels operates two entry gates, one for those who are going to Lille does not require a passport check and other for those going UK and undergoes a passport check. As per this current condition it is visible that one can bluff the authorities by getting two tickets and can enter through the gate without passport check. As it is not very much possible to keep a check if a passenger who is supposed to get off at Lille gets off at London.
The situation has been a cause of great worry, as this loophole may allow illegal immigrants to get in to country and may lead to threatening situations in future. The worries were raised by the authorities when the Immigration Minister Damian Green, looked into the situation and accepted that alone Britain cannot fully control it.
Even, Keith Vaz, the Chairman of Home Affair Select Committee showed his high concerns over the arising matter.
Confirming that it is a challenging situation for the UK Border Agency, Jonathan Sedgwick, the International group director, admitted that it is kind of perfect escape and through this people without passport may enter country.
Even last year around 140 people were found deported on same grounds. To check this, alone the Britain authorities couldn’t do much about it; they need a joint effort from the countries to check this ongoing break through from illegal immigrants.