Additionally, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak makes plans for new legislation that would establish an annual cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country.
On Tuesday, December 13, 2022, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a new five-step plan to combat illegal immigration, promising to clear the government’s backlog of asylum requests by the end of the following year.
Although Albania is regarded as a secure country, hundreds more employees will be sent to a new unit to monitor small boats crossing the English Channel and a team specifically designated to handle claims from Albanians, who make up the largest group of illegal migrants. The revised plans also call for sheltering 10,000 asylum seekers in less pricey accommodations than hotels while they wait for their claims to be processed.
“It is unfair that individuals enter our country unlawfully. In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr. Sunak stated, “It is unjust on individuals with a legitimate cause for asylum when our capacity to help is eaten up by those travelling through, and from, countries that are entirely safe.
“Wanting to end the hold of criminal gangs who profit from human suffering and abuse our system and laws is neither harsh nor rude. It’s enough already. The global asylum framework is out of date as it is currently set up, he claimed.
A new permanent unified Small Boats Operational Command will be established under the government’s five-point agenda, which Mr. Sunak claimed he and his Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, had developed. This command will be responsible for coordinating intelligence, interception, processing, and enforcement. To combat organised immigration crime in Europe, it will involve more than 700 additional employees and treble the budget provided to the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).
He outlined a second stage in which freed-up immigration agents would be able to double the number of raids on people engaged in illegal labour. The third area of concentration will be to find alternatives, such as abandoned holiday parks, old student residences, and surplus military locations, to offset the GBP 5.5 million daily cost of using hotels to host asylum seekers.
The fourth area entails tripling the number of caseworkers assigned to asylum applications in order to “radically re-engineer” the entire procedure with less documentation, fewer interviews, and shorter instruction.
The fifth and last topic mentioned by Mr. Sunak in Parliament focuses on the enormous number of Albanian immigrants, who make up a third of those arriving through small boats. Albania is described as a “secure, successful European country.”
Mr. Sunak said, “The Prime Minister of Albania himself has stated that there is no reason why we cannot promptly return Albanian asylum applicants.
agreement with Albania
“Last year, over 100% of Albanian asylum requests were denied by Germany, France, and Sweden. Our rejection rate, however, is only 45%. That can’t go on like that. Therefore, I am able to announce today a new agreement with Albania as well as a new strategy,” he said.
The agreement calls for embedding UK Border Force agents in Albania’s Tirana airport to fight organised crime, as well as creating a new, specialised unit for the nation that will expedite cases within weeks and employ 400 new professionals.
“We must be able to regulate our borders to make sure that only authorised visitors enter the country. However well-intentioned, those who take advantage of our courts to stall their deportation for months or years on end are manipulating our legal systems, claimed Mr. Sunak, who also announced plans for new legislation that will establish an annual quota for refugees entering the United Kingdom.