UK-France flight to return rejected immigrants

26th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, July 26 (AFP) - Britain and France have organised a joint flight to repatriate Afghan illegal immigrants which is due to take off shortly, a British government source said Tuesday.

LONDON, July 26 (AFP) - Britain and France have organised a joint flight to repatriate Afghan illegal immigrants which is due to take off shortly, a British government source said Tuesday.

"All those on board are single Afghan males," a Home Office source told AFP, adding: "I believe it is today".

"The UK welcomes the opportunity to participate in the French charter operation to Afghanistan," a Home Office spokeswoman said.

She added she could give no further details on the flight, notably on the departure details and the number of passengers on board.

Interior ministers from the G5 group of the European Union's biggest countries (Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) decided at a meeting in France earlier this month to run joint flights expelling illegal immigrants of the same origin.

They pressed the idea on financial and political grounds.

The Franco-British flight would be the first of its kind since the G5 meeting in Evian.

In May 2003, Britain and France put in place a similar flight expelling 34 Afghans whose asylum applications had been rejected.

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