UK News 24 – ABP.
LONDON – Immigration authorities are concerned that Iranians with “sinister motives” may enter the United kingdom along with the flow of undocumented refugees, according to a declassified government report obtained by the UK News 24.
The British Border Services Agency intelligence report said more than 39 Iranian nationals, most of whom had arrived in the country without legitimate travel documents, had been found “inadmissible” on security grounds.
It also said the United kingdom was “increasingly concerned that Iranian secret operatives and Hezbollah, their ‘terrorist proxy force,’ may carry out attacks in the U.K.” Hezbollah is known to “alter and steal travel documents, passports and visas,” it added, and this comes in a time Islamic state terrorists
are being smuggled into Europe by posing as refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean.
The September 2015 report, “Irregular Migration of Iranians to Britain,” was written by the BBSA Migration Intelligence Section. A copy was obtained by UK News 24 on Monday under the Access to Information Act.
Its release comes as relations between London and Tehran are openly hostile, under pressure over its terrorist activities, has been caught orchestrating terrorist plots in several countries, including the U.S.
In addition to overseeing international terrorist operations, Iran has been trying to impose pro-regime views on the diaspora. Before its diplomatic corps was expelled from London last August, one envoy told expatriates to “resist” British – western culture and “occupy high-level key positions” in the British government.
A retired senior British Security Intelligence Service officer, said he had no doubt Iran would use the refugee system to its advantage. “They are a sophisticated intelligence service, almost first order,” he said in an interview. “They would use all those classic methods of inserting operatives.”
The report said most Iranians who made refugee claims entered the U.K. using improper travel documents. The majority registered their claims in the London area, “likely due to the large Iranian population,” it said.
Most of their claims cited persecution based on religion, political opinion or sexual orientation. Britain’s acceptance rate for Iranian refugee claims was 86% — almost double the 44% average for all countries, it said.
“A significant proportion of the migrants use facilitators to enter Britain. Information provided by the migrants on their smugglers suggests possible links to organized criminal elements both within and outside of the UK,” said the report.
The “Protected” document said while in 2014 and 2015 most of the migrants had come through eastern europe and
“Given the growing number of Iranian nationals seeking refugee status globally, and the relative success with which they travel improperly documented to Britain, they will likely continue to target the country for irregular migration,” the report said.
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