Afghan Illegal Immigrants Hitch Lift With Gym Queens.

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  1. Imagine the shock when they went to unload their duty free Clinique from the buses luggage hold, only to find that they had stowaways.

    Apologies if posted before.

    Two Afghans smuggled themselves into a high-security barracks at Aldershot by hiding in the luggage hold of a coach bringing soldiers back from abroad.

    The man and teenager were found hiding in the bus after it arrived at Hammersley Barracks in the early hours of March 20.

    They were Afghans fleeing the war against the Taliban and wanted to claim asylum in Britain, according to the UK Border Agency.

    Army spokeswoman Rebecca Clark told the News: “As I understand it, the bus pulled up, people went to get their bags and these two guys just sort of popped out of the luggage hold.”

    Ms Clark said the bus was returning soldiers from a training exercise in the Alps. It was the first time she had heard of refugees being found in such circumstances in Aldershot.

    It is not known when the men stowed away on the bus, which had crossed the Channel on a ferry from France earlier that morning.

    Security at the barracks, which is home to the Army Physical Training Corps, is high, with armed guards at the entrance.

    The Afghans were apprehended by security staff from the barracks and taken to Aldershot police station.

    UK Border Agency spokeswoman Sian Freestone-Walker said the agency was contacted about the incident shortly after 8am.

    Officers from the agency went to the police station, discovered one of the refugees was under 18, and placed him in the care of social services.

    The older man, whose age is not known, applied for asylum after he was caught and was released on bail, she said.

    He had gone to accommodation provided by the Home Office in the Leeds area while his application is processed.

    People can claim asylum in the UK if they believe they will be in danger if they return to their country of origin.

    If the man’s application fails he will have to leave the country or appeal against the decision. Asylum applications typically take at least 56 days to process.
    But Ms Freestone-Walker said the time it takes varies greatly.

    “Each application is very different and we have to take time to consider its merits,” she added.

    “It also depends on things like whether they appeal the decision.

    “The man is in Leeds because applicants go to wherever there’s a bed available.”

    She added applicants were kept in Home Office accommodation to ensure they did not abscond.

    The youth’s exact age had not been determined but he was in his late teens and would be allowed to remain in the country until he turned 18.

    Then he would have to apply for asylum or leave the country.

    Ms Freestone-Walker added that refugees trying to enter the country illegally on vehicles was known as ‘lorry drops’ and was common in the UK.

    It was the first time she had heard of it happening in Aldershot.

    According to a report by the United Nations Refugee Council, 870 Afghans applied for asylum in Britain in the first three months of 2008 alone.
  2. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    I seriously doubt that.

    I smell a conspiracy! It's facilitation I tell you :D