Robert Jenrick argues that Albanians should not be allowed to seek refuge in the United Kingdom.

Robert Jenrick argues that Albanians should not be allowed to seek refuge in the United Kingdom.

As part of a crackdown on illegal immigration, a minister has proposed preventing Albanian migrants from seeking asylum. 

The immigration minister, Robert Jenrick, has said that it is “very hard” to understand why people from Albania could be granted refuge.

“The principle that we come from is that a safe country like Albania should be excluded from the right to claim asylum,” Jenrick said.

The current annual net migration of 500,000 is “wrong,” “unsustainable,” and “far too high,” as Mr. Jenrick himself has admitted. 

He said that ministers haven’t decided on the details of the fast-track deportation system that the UK is trying to set up with the Albanian government to make it easier for Albanian migrants to go back home.

“We have a returns agreement, which was signed a year ago, and 1,000 Albanians have gone back already. We are also pursuing diplomatic channels. I think you should watch this space,” Mr Jenrick told GB News.

His remarks follow initial meetings between Rishi Sunak and Edi Rama, the prime minister of Albania, last week, during which it was agreed to address loopholes that are hindering the speedy repatriation of unsuccessful asylum applicants. 

A record 44,000 people are expected to cross the Channel this year, up from 28,500 in 2021. Of them, at least 12,000 are Albanians. The male population totals over 10,000, with just 13% receiving refuge. 

Albania is a secure nation, according to President Rama, and it is now in negotiations to join the European Union and NATO. The Swedish model of considering asylum claims from Albania to be groundless has already been established. Since the statute was altered, no Albanians have been awarded refuge. 

Moreover, Mr. Jenrick has hinted at quite substantial reform of the immigration system in the shape of a new legislation to be introduced in the New Year. “We will need more legislation to sharpen up our laws because the system isn’t just broken, it’s in danger of becoming obsolete,” he said.

“Our whole immigration system was created after the Second World War in an entirely different era. Today is a totally different world where an Albanian can get a flight from Tirana to Brussels, get a bus to Calais and then pay a few thousand pounds to get across the Channel.”

He said that the new system will have “deterrence suffused” throughout it so that illegal immigrants should not have a road to life in the UK.

“It will mean looking at how we treat people on arrival so nobody thinks that coming to the UK is soft touch and that the UK is not a better site for asylum-shoppers than our EU neighbours,” he said.

Source: Albanians should be barred from claiming asylum in the UK, says Robert Jenrick

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