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Confusion over plan to fast-track deportation of Albanian migrants

The Interior Ministry last month announced a deal with Tirana to send Albanians home as soon as possible after arriving across the Channel from northern France.

Confusion over plan to speed up deportation of Albanian migrants, with lawyers revealing it won’t apply to asylum seekers

  • An agreement with Tirana to return migrants crossing the English Channel has been reached
  • But UK government lawyers said the measures would not apply to asylum seekers
  • The details emerged in response to legal action by migrant charity Care4Calais

Plans to speed up the rapid exit of Albanian migrants by small boats out of the UK were strewn with confusion last night.

The Interior Ministry last month announced a deal with Tirana to send Albanians home as soon as possible after arriving across the Channel from northern France.

But UK government lawyers have now revealed the measures will not apply to those making asylum claims.

The details emerged in response to a legal action brought by migrant charity Care4Calais, which is already involved in a separate challenge against the government’s plan to hand asylum seekers a one-way ticket to Rwanda. A letter to the charity’s lawyers from the government’s legal department said of Albania’s fast-track plans: “The provisions do not apply to asylum seekers.”

Clare Moseley of Care4Calais said: “The government has made a major descent. They accept that Albanians have the right to file an asylum claim and have it heard fairly.

The Interior Ministry last month announced a deal with Tirana to send Albanians home as soon as possible after arriving across the Channel from northern France.

The Interior Ministry last month announced a deal with Tirana to send Albanians home as soon as possible after arriving across the Channel from northern France.

But Home Office insiders said they were unimpressed with the development. A source said: “Most Albanians who come to the UK do not seek asylum – they do not wish to face the possibility of being deported to Rwanda. Instead, most use other tactics to thwart the removal process.

The fast-track regime will still apply to Channel arrivals who baselessly claim they are victims of modern slavery, it is understood. A Home Office spokesperson said Albanians who do not have the right to be in the UK include failed asylum seekers, foreign offenders and people who stay in the UK too long. United.

Care4Calais is also involved in a judicial review challenging the legality of the agreement with Rwanda.

It was revealed yesterday (MON) that legal challenges against the Rwandan project are expected to delay it for up to a year.

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