Albanians issued with deportation orders use legal tricks to stayMarch 12, 2023
Almost 98 per cent of Albanians issued with deportation orders use legal tricks to try and stay in the UK, figures reveal
- Just 25 per cent of Albanians with deportation orders have ‘no barrier’ to leave
- Read more: Braverman defies European judges with law banning migrants
Nearly 98 per cent of Albanian migrants issued with deportation orders deploy legal devices to resist being sent back, according to figures seen by The Mail on Sunday.
Out of more than 1,000 Albanians who are subject to these orders in the UK, only 25 are recorded as having ‘no barrier’ to deportation.
Border Force sources say that around one third of the remaining migrants have claimed to be victims of modern slavery. A further quarter have claimed asylum under human rights laws.
It comes after Home Secretary Suella Braverman last week unveiled a Bill banning Channel migrants from claiming asylum.
Ms Braverman said the system was ‘overwhelmed’ following an increase of 500 per cent in small boats crossing the Channel in two years. She added that the ‘waves of illegal migrants breaching our border’ will only end when they know that the UK will deport them ‘swiftly’.
Migrants including women and children are removed from a Border Force vessel after being picked up in the Channel on March 6
Ms Braverman said the system was ‘overwhelmed’ following an increase of 500 per cent in small boats crossing the Channel in two years
Her Illegal Migration Bill will bar illicit arrivals from staying and applying on refugee, modern slavery or human rights grounds. They will not be allowed to bring judicial reviews or get bail for 28 days.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signed an agreement with Tirana in December in an attempt to speed up the deportation of Albanians – nearly 13,000 reached Britain from France last year, making up about one in three of all Channel arrivals.
In November, senior officials from the National Crime Agency warned Albanian criminals are committing ‘blatant manipulation’ of slavery laws and are ‘coached’ on what to say if arrested. Ms Braverman told the Commons last week that more than half of Albanians’ asylum requests were granted – despite it being a safe European country and a Nato ally.
Qirjako Qirko, the Albanian ambassador to Britain, last year admitted that migrants from his country were ‘pretending’ to be victims of modern slavery.
A Whitehall source said: ‘The system needs vital reform. Modern slavery and asylum are being roundly abused to frustrate deportation from the UK.’
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