UK Immigration Using AVIAN Heartbeat Detector™ Successfully Catches 2,500
Illegals in Six Months

Juxtaposed Immigration Controls
Conscious that illegal migration bound for Britain frequently operates through European ports, the UK has chosen, as part of its border control strategy, to place its own immigration officers at European ports of exit. In June 2003, the Immigration Minister announced the deployment of detection equipment at Ostend and Zeebrugge, following the successful placement of British immigration officers in Paris and Prague; and announced an intention to ‘extend this technology right along the north European coastline to protect the integrity of our borders’. The Government claims that over 2,500 would-be clandestine immigrants were prevented from travelling illegally to the UK in the six months form 1 January 2003 as a result of such measures. The types of technology used including passive milimitric wave imager (PMMWI) technology, using natural background radiation and thermal imaging techniques to screen vehicles, heartbeat detectors using acoustic sensors to identify human heartbeats and x/gamma ray scanners, now being introduced in mobile hand-held versions. These measures follow an agreement reached with Belgium in September 2002 and again relies on powers within the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

An excerpt from the United Kingdom Immigration Policy and National Security listed on womeninlaw.com, ©2003 Women in Law Ltd, London, United Kingdom

Article written by:
Jane Mann
, Partner, Fox Williams, London, England
Matthew Davies
, Senior Associate, Fox Williams, London, England

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