Priti Patel unveils plan to curb numbers of Albanians at migrant crossings

The Border Force ship Defender is taking a group of people believed to be migrants to Dover, Kent, following an incident involving a small boat in the English Channel.  Picture date: Tuesday August 23, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Wire)

The Border Force ship Defender is taking a group of people believed to be migrants to Dover, Kent, following an incident involving a small boat in the English Channel. Picture date: Tuesday August 23, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Wire)

Albanian police could be brought to the UK to monitor arrivals of migrants and pass intelligence to combat Channel crossing.

The plan, which is part of an agreement between Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Albanian government, may see officers being taken to the Kent coast to be present while migrants are being treated and to help British authorities with information , the Interior Ministry said.

However, when this might come into effect has yet to be confirmed.

The move comes amid reports of a growing number of people from the south-eastern European country making the journey from France.

Government officials believe around 60% of the migrants who make the crossing each day are Albanians, although figures vary, the PA news agency understands.

Ms Patel and Bledi Çuçi, Albania’s Home Minister, also pledged to speed up the deportation of irregular Albanians in the UK from next week when discussing the situation on Tuesday night.

Checks on migrants arriving by boat suspected of being Albanians are expected to be expedited.

Home Secretary Priti Patel struck the deal with the Albanian government (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Wire)

Home Secretary Priti Patel struck the deal with the Albanian government (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Wire)

Ads in Albanian were also posted on Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday to discourage people from traveling.

The campaign will target those in specific regions in northern France and Belgium who “meet certain criteria, e.g. B. are not at home,” said the Interior Ministry.

Officials are believed to still be working out the finer details of the agreement, so little more information is currently available on how it will work.

According to the Home Office, Albania is a “safe and prosperous country” and many nationals “pass through several countries to travel to the UK” before “making false asylum claims” on arrival.

Fewer than 1,000 Albanian criminals have been deported from the UK since a deportation agreement was signed last year.

Ms Patel said: “Large numbers of Albanians are being sold lies by ruthless people smugglers and vicious organized crime gangs, leading them to make treacherous voyages in flimsy boats to the UK.

“This abuse of our immigration system and people risking their lives cannot continue.

“Thanks to our excellent cooperation with Albania, we will use every opportunity to expedite the deportation of Albanians without legal residency in the UK.

“I would like to thank my counterpart Bledi Çuçi for the work he and his government are doing. We are both determined to stop this trend.”

The Home Office said: “The Albanian government has also offered senior law enforcement assistance to the UK to provide UK authorities with critical information and assist with processing.”

Mr Çuçi said: “We discourage these illegal and dangerous practices.

“The Home Secretary and I have also discussed medium-term solutions to provide better opportunities for young people and means of legal migration that will allow skilled professionals and workers access to the UK.”

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