Ireland viewed as easy target for fraud

Illegal immigrants regard Ireland as a ‘‘highly attractive’’ destination because of the ease with which they can fraudulently access the welfare, health and education systems, according to a confidential Garda briefing to European police.

3rd January, 2009

Illegal immigrants regard Ireland as a ‘‘highly attractive’’ destination because of the ease with which they can fraudulently access the welfare, health and education systems, according to a confidential Garda briefing to European police. In a report to the crime threat assessment unit of Europol, gardaí said significant numbers of people attempting to enter Ireland were members of Nigerian organised crime groups.

Many have already been present ‘‘for generations’’ in...

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