Albania’s Prime Minister asked the British Government to provide visas to his young citizens if it wants to solve the migrant crisis, a news report has claimed. Prime Minister Edi Rama also demanded the UK Government to stop blaming the “innocent” Albanians for the country’s crime and border issues.
In a series of tweets expressing his anger, Mr Rama told UK to stop blaming “innocent” Albanians for the crisis in a rebuke to Home Secretary Suella Braveman’s “insane” rhetoric.
He said targeting Albanians as the cause of Britain’s crime and border problems made for “easy rhetoric but ignores hard fact”.
He tweeted: “Targeting Albanians (as some shamefully did when fighting for Brexit) as the cause of Britain’s crime and border problems makes for easy rhetoric but ignores hard fact.
“Repeating the same things and expecting different results is insane (ask Einstein!)”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has singled Albanians out several times over the past week as the numbers coming from the southern European country in small boats across the Channel has soared – and therefore the amount at Manston.
She said the majority of Albanians arriving are adult single males.
Immigration minister Robert Jenrick said Albanians are “abusing” the Modern Slavery Act to delay deportation attempts.
Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative MP for South Thanet in Kent, said 12,000 Albanian migrants have arrived on small boats in the UK so far this year.
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According to the reports, around 12,000 Albanians have reached the UK this year after crossing the Channel – a quarter of the total 40,000, with Home Office officials attributing the “exponential rise” to Albanian criminal gangs gaining a foothold in northern France.
Mr Rama continued: “70 percent of the 140,000 Albanians who have moved to the UK were living in Italy and Greece.
“1,200 of them are business people. Albanians in the UK work hard and pay tax. UK should fight the crime gangs of all nationalities and stop discriminating v Albanians to excuse policy failures.”
He added that Albania is a NATO country and is currently negotiating its EU membership, as well as being a “safe country of origin”.
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Mr Rama said when Germany had a similar problem “it tightened its own systems – the UK can and should do the same, not respond with a rhetoric of crime that ends up punishing the innocent”.
He said Albania is “not a rich country and was for a very long time a victim of empires, we never had our own”.
The PM added: “We have a duty to fight crime at home and are doing so resolutely, as cooperating closely with others too.
“Ready to work closer with UK but facts are crucial. So is mutual respect.”