Albanians ‘should be banned’ from seeking asylum in UK, says immigration minister | UK News

Albanians should not be allowed to seek asylum in the UK, the immigration minister has said.

Robert Jenrick said these people should be “excluded from the right to seek asylum” because they come from a “demonstrably safe” country.

Current levels of migration to the UK are “unsustainable”, he said.

His comments came as the Home Office declined to comment on a Sunday Times report, saying ministers were working on legislation that could ban asylum seekers who enter through illegal channels from settling in the Kingdom. -United.

Interior Secretary Suella Braverman has been flagged as urgent Rishi Sunak to support plans to detain every illegal migrant upon arrival.

The government is under intense pressure from Tory MPs to tackle the problem of human traffickers using small boats to ferry migrants across the English Channel.

Albanians make up more than a third of the 33,000 Channel migrants who arrived in the first nine months of this year, and Mr Jenrick said they were now the ‘number one priority’.

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Last week, Mr. Sunak held his first talks with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in which they agreed to fill the “gaps” preventing the rapid return of rejected asylum seekers,

Mr Rama said the UK should stop blaming Albanians for the migrant crisis and should stop using Albanian immigrants to “excuse political failures”.

However, Mr Jenrick told GB News: “Albania is a demonstrably safe country. It is very difficult to see how an Albanian could successfully apply for asylum here in the UK.

“We have a return agreement, which was signed a year ago, and a thousand Albanians have already returned. We are looking at what we can do there.

“We are also pursuing diplomatic channels.”

Mr Jenrick warned illegal migration was likely to be a problem for “many years to come” and said ministers agreed that overall levels of people entering the country were too high.

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Foreign students use universities as a ‘back door’

“We can’t have a million people coming into the country in a single year and net migration of half a million – that’s just not sustainable,” he said.

One area “ripe for reform”, he said, was rules on student visas and the number of dependents they can bring into the country while studying.

“What worries me is that there are people who come to universities here as a back door way of bringing their families to the UK and staying there for an extended period of time,” he said. he declares.

“A very significant number of people use it as a route to a life in the UK. It’s a big driver of net migration.”

He said they were also determined to reduce the “huge backlog” in asylum applications, suggesting they could adopt a “lighter process” with those coming from countries for which there are “rates of extremely high grant”.

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