SEF probes Faro-Dublin air link over illegal immigration

Arrests || SEF probes Faro-Dublin air link over illegal immigration

A string of arrests at Faro Airport has raised questions over a possible new route for illegal immigration between the Algarvean capital and Dublin, Ireland.
Four foreigners were arrested last weekend after attempting to board flights to Dublin, Ireland, using fake IDs and passports. The arrests follow eight similar detentions by Portuguese border and immigration control police (SEF – Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) in the last month.
In all cases, the foreigners – whose identities have not been revealed – have been arrested for attempting to illegally board flights from Faro to Dublin.
SEF claims the cases are “not connected”, but as Correio da Manhã reports, other arrests have been made this year at Faro airport, all of them including Eastern Europeans, and always on flights bound for Dublin.
Those detained have been heard in court and freed, but are now subject to reporting regularly to the authorities.