Massive migrant crisis: More than 12,000 Albanian migrants have arrived in the UK so far
The latest data published on November 9 show the increase in Albanian migrants coming to the UK is massive. While in 2021, about 100 Alban migrants went to the UK, during the current year, there have already arrived 12,000 migrants from Albania. What is more, out of all migrants crossing UK borders on boats, 80% are from Albania.
“The rise has been exponential, and we think that is in the main because Albanian criminal gangs have gained a foothold in the north of France,” Dan O’Mahoney, Clandestine Channel Threat Commander, told the Home Affairs Select Committee last week.
Around 10,000 of this year’s Albanian migrants were single adult men. According to Eurostat population figures, this represents approximately 1% of Albania’s working-age men.
Albanian migrants have submitted 7,267 asylum applications until June 2022, more than doubling the number submitted the previous year. In general, 53% of Albanian claims are accepted. In the six months leading up to June 2022, 440 people were returned to Albania, almost all of whom were single adult men.
Albanians want to leave their home country for various reasons, such as corruption, low salaries, poor working conditions or youth unemployment, which is currently 20%.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has accused the United Kingdom of using his citizens as scapegoats to justify its “failed policies” on borders and migration. According to Rama, Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s comments about the UK being invaded would fuel xenophobia.
Rama added, “It’s not about Albanians or aliens or gangsters, but about failed policies on borders and crime. This kind of language is not a policy, a programme, or a vision. [It] is nothing but fuelling xenophobia and targeting and singling out a community. I admire everything that Britain represents. But I am disgusted about this kind of politics that, in the end, is doomed to fail.”