“Albanians in the UK work hard and pay their taxes,” the Albanian prime minister said
The prime minister of Albania Eddie Rama condemned London today for comments it deemed discriminatory against Albanians, following statements by British officials who accused Albanian nationals of illegal immigration to Britain.
The crossing of the Channel in small boats by migrants is a problem for British officials, while with the Brexit theoretically better control of the country’s borders.
According to official statistics, Albanians now represent the majority of those making the crossing.
In a series of tweets, Rama stressed that British officials are actively involved in “discrimination” against Albanians.
“Targeting Albanians (as some shamelessly did when campaigning for Brexit) as the cause of border problems and crime in the UK is convenient rhetoric that ignores the facts,” the Albanian prime minister tweeted.
“Albanians in the UK work hard and pay their taxes. The United Kingdom it should fight criminal gangs of all nationalities and stop discriminating against Albanians to justify political failures,” he added.
British Home Secretary Suella Braverman has come under fire for describing the arrival of asylum seekers as an invasion, with politicians across the political spectrum warning of the danger of using such inflammatory language.
During a debate in the Parliament, Braverman referred to this issue yesterday speaking of an “invasion” of England by immigrants, making particular reference to Albanian asylum seekers.
It was recently reported that 12,000 Albanians arrived in the UK by crossing the English Channel during the year, compared to just 50 in 2020.
The UK is experiencing a record number of small boat crossings across the Channel, almost 40,000 since the start of the year. The government expects the number to reach 50,000 by the end of the year.
Albanian gangs are thought to be leading the smuggling of migrants into Britain.
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