The illegal Albanian migrants were deported within days as part of an effort to speed up travel and tackle a surge in Channel crossings.
The Home Office revealed yesterday that five illegal Albanian migrants – including one who arrived on a small boat last month – had been deported by chartered plane back to their Balkan home state.
The Albanian who crossed the Channel arrived just 24 days ago, while a second was deported within three months of sneaking into Britain hidden in a lorry. A third was removed within 19 days after he was caught by immigration officers at a restaurant overstaying his welcome.
Twenty-seven Albanian criminals who had been sentenced to combined prison terms of more than 87 years were also deported on the same flight.
The Interior Ministry has doubled the deportation rate of Albanians this year compared to 2021 with 1,000 removals, but that still represents a fraction of the estimated 6,000 who have arrived so far this year. There are another 1,500 Albanians in UK prisons, the largest group of foreign nationals.
Albanians now account for between 50 percent and 60 percent of all Channel small boat arrivals, which have doubled this year to more than 25,000 so far.
This week Priti Patel, the home secretary, met with an Albanian delegation to agree new “joint ways of working” where British and Albanian police will be stationed at each other’s borders to track down those with criminal records and expedite deportation of those who enter illegally within weeks.
Ms Patel said: “Today’s flight sends a clear message to those who break our laws and immigration rules that you will be removed quickly. Anyone who comes to our country by small boat or other dangerous, illegal means should not expect to stay in the UK for long.
“We are working closely with the Albanian government to tackle illegal immigration and this week agreed our joint operational plans to speed up the removal of Albanians entering the UK illegally on small boats.
“Together with measures in the Nationality and Borders Act, this will help end the cycle of last-minute claims and appeals that can delay removals. We will stop at nothing to remove those who have no right to be here, as the public rightly expects.”
Those deported include an offender jailed for 20 years for intent to supply class A drugs, a criminal jailed for more than four years for facilitating illegal entry into the UK and a third jailed for more than seven years for intent supply of class A drugs. drugs.
Under the new agreement, Albanian police officers will be stationed in Dover to cross-reference migrants’ fingerprints and biometric data with Albanian crime databases, while six National Crime Agency (NCA) officers are based in Tirana to tackle immigration and organized crime. crime.
The move is part of a wider deal to deport criminals and illegal immigrants in Albania, which was struck by Home Secretary Priti Patel last summer. As part of the deal, the UK spent £1m on a new police station at Rinas International Airport in Tirana to help process returnees.
A delegation of four officers from the forensic laboratories of the Albanian state police also met Home Office officials this week to discuss British funding to boost their DNA analysis and data processing capacity.