Stowaways defeat expulsion attempts
7 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Just one of the 10 African stowaways found on a cargo ship near Antwerp last December has been repatriated.
7 March 2006
BRUSSELS — Just one of the 10 African stowaways found on a cargo ship near Antwerp last December has been repatriated.
Authorities have tried to repatriate the nine other stowaways, but all attempts have failed due to resistance from the illegal immigrants.
A spokesman for the Belgian immigration service, Geert De Vulder, said a new attempt was to be made on Tuesday to repatriate two of the remaining nine stowaways.
The stowaways were found huddling on the cargo ship St. Elmo at Kallo in East Flanders on 21 December last year.
They were lightly clothed, suffering from hypothermia and had gone without food and fresh water for several days.
Authorities said the eight Nigerians and two Liberians were lucky to have survived.
The costs of their repatriation are being paid for by shipping company that operated the freight ship.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news