Law & Order Sham marriages - Over 200 illegal immigrants deported

Migration Facts Ireland

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Almost 200 illegal immigrants have been deported or removed from the country as a result of a nationwide Garda operation into suspected "marriages of convenience" and fraud.

In the latest phase of the operation, codenamed Vantage, officers from the Garda national immigration bureau arrested 13 suspects following a series of searches in three counties.

One man has already been deported and seven others have claimed asylum.

The 13 were lodged at Cloverhill, Limerick and Mountjoy prisons to await deportation. A total of 17 searches were carried out following surveillance at various locations in Limerick, Waterford and Dublin.

Bureau members were backed up by a special evader tracking unit, which was set up to target suspects subject to deportation orders.

The 13 arrested men included 10 Pakistanis, two Bangladeshis and one Mauritian, all of whom had taken part in sham marriages and pretence to obtain a residency card and qualify for EU treaty rights permission to remain here.