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Unexpected turbulence at Dublin Airport: seven passengers on inaugural flight from Ethiopia claim asylum

Seven passengers – including two children – on the inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight through Dublin claimed asylum at the airport’s immigration gates.

A Garda spokeswoman this morning confirmed that it was five adults and two children that claimed asylum.
“We are working with Ethiopian Airlines to ensure proper processes are in place for people coming into the country,” she said.
The new service from Addis Ababa stops in Dublin en route to Los Angeles and the maiden flight took place on Saturday.
It is understood that the passengers disembarked and made their way to Dublin Airport’s immigration gates where they claimed asylum.
They reportedly arrived at the desk without ID or travel documentation.
A spokeswoman for Ethiopian Airlines this morning insisted that all passengers on the flight had full legal documents when they boarded in Addis Ababa but said that the airline does not comment on individual cases.
“Ethiopian Airlines has been operating for over 40 years in Europe and Dublin is its 11th City.
“We only carry passengers with full legal documents and appropriate visas. We also carry out extra checks when in doubt and take guidance from appropriate immigration teams of the destination country we operate to, if needed,” she said.
An event to mark the airline’s first flight through Dublin had been taking place at the Departures gate a DAA spokeswoman said.
“It’s literally tea, coffee and juice and we do this every new airline or flight to welcome the new route.
“Separately, downstairs, apparently passengers had declared asylum, but that’s a matter for the GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau),” she added.
A Justice Department spokesman said “it is a regular occurrence that claims for asylum be made by persons arriving at Dublin airport.”
“In 2014, 221 persons claimed asylum at ports of entry having been refused leave to land.
“However, this must be seen in the context of overall numbers of persons refused leave to land and returned to where they came from.
“In 2014, almost 2400 persons were refused entry to the State and returned to the place from where they came,” he said.
source: http://www.independent.ie

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  1. . Embassies and Airlines do not thrust anyone will return to Ethiopia if they get the chance to travel outside Ethiopia. That is why embassies and Ethiopian Airlines tend to prefer to hire employees that are affiliated with TPLF because those ordinary Ethiopians tend to disgrace the airlines and the country as a whole by asking asylums in their country’s destination regardless what kind of job they got in Ethiopia..
    Only TPLF affiliated people are making sure Ethiopia’s historical dignity and honor stays untouched while others disgrace themselves and the country.
    We remember the co-pilot that hijacked the plane took it to Switzerland because he felt his life was in danger due to the reason people were following him. I agree people follow anyone to decide whether to promote them or not while working at Ethiopian Airlines. I myself as an Ethiopian Airlines employee was not pro EPRDF/TPLF so I waited long time to get the promotion I deserved but couldnot get it because my lack of political enlightmnet . I was not enlightened with his excellency’s Meles Zenawi’s vision until in later in my career. .
    I matured , got enlightened and right away became the Ethiopian Airlines manager here in Washington DC USA . I suggest to all people in any field to accept the fact EPRDF is the association of the brightest , bravest , most generous , selfless all in all the best political group Ethiopia ever seen.. Eventhough Parents out ‘Ethiopian’ first lady Roman Tesfaye as an Eritrean EPRDF is still the best. The Eritrean Parents of Roman tesfaye is not to be thrusted . The parents warned their Eritrean people about Roman’s ponzi scheme, they told friends and family memebrs not to invest with the African Union area hotel constructions. The parents said that they want people to know the truth, including that their daughter is Eritrean. The parents said their daughter is specifically Hamassen.
    The parents said their daughter has always identified with the Wolaita culture and had half Wolaita siblings . They said she went to school in Wolaita and was part of a primarily Wolaita community as she grew up. “Roman has wanted to be somebody she’s not. She’s chosen not to just be herself but to represent herself as an Ethiopian woman or a Wolaita person. And that’s simply not true,” said the parents.

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