Despite Britain’s ‘safe and prosperous’ image, Albanians cross the Channel in tiny boats

Trying to cross the Channel, the migrants were sprayed with pepper spray and their rubber dinghies were slashed by the French authorities.

According to Channel 4 News, the gang, made up of immigrants from Albania and Iraqi Kurdistan, were trying to launch the boat from a beach near Dunkirk.

The huge group of mostly guys were seen in the footage trying to drag the black dinghy and move quickly across the dunes towards the water.

The majority are shown with their red or orange life jackets, but others are not.

The migrants, who still had a long way to go before reaching the lake, were however stopped in their tracks by the police in a police buggy.

As the incident unfolds, a Channel 4 reporter announces: “We have maybe 40 or 50 people. “The police buggy just arrived to try to stop them,” he said.

The video shows four French border control agents getting out of the buggy and obstructing the path of individuals carrying the canoe.

One of the officers approaches the inflated boat and cuts it off. There is a noticeable “pop” and it begins to deflate rapidly.

A guy spotted holding the boat-slicing cop’s arm wears a gray hoodie. In response, the cop and a co-worker spray the guy in the face from a close distance, causing the man to flee from the boat.

The migrant gang begins to flee from the cops by heading up the beach after realizing their path to the ocean has been closed and the boat is now worthless.

The film was released when it emerged that a record number of migrants had crossed the English Channel in tiny boats this month, bringing the total for the year to more than 20,000.

The Strait of Dover is 21 miles long and 6,887 people have already crossed it this month alone, according to official UK government figures, making August the busiest month since record-keeping began in 2018.

And despite the windy and rainy conditions, it is estimated that more than 400 refugees entered British territory on Thursday alone.

Despite more than 800 daily patrols along a 100-mile stretch of coastline in northern France, a significant number of boats leave French shores every week.

According to French police, migrants overwhelm French patrols when they arrive on beaches “like a flash-mob”, sometimes in the hundreds, and sometimes start to act violently.

Smugglers are trying to get rid of their backlog after bad weather prevented boats from leaving for several days, which contributed to the increase in crossings.

Later in the year, when the terrain is harder, it is also more difficult to make the crossing.

Since many of the French officials tasked with stopping boats bound for the UK are also on holiday, it will be considerably easier for the boats to escape notice.

Thanks to increased patrols and the provision of surveillance tools on the entire French coastline, the agreements aimed to reduce the number of crossings.

The Hauts-de-France prefecture, which is in charge of the police patrol, said in a statement given to The Times that the British still owed 10 million euros, or £8.4million.

The region’s communications office said: “The problems are compounded by the failure of the British to reimburse expenses incurred to help defend the border as well as the safety of migrants.

“To date, GB owes France several million euros, including around 10 million euros to cover the cost of reserve gendarmes and helicopter surveillance.”

More than 60% of attempted crossings have reportedly been disrupted this year, but in some places under “high pressure”, their ability to identify and prevent crossings has been exhausted.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of border security, has promised to pay the French “every pound” and will do so.

“France has a moral and international commitment to protect the vulnerable, save lives, arrest human traffickers and fight organized crime,” said Natalie Elphicke, British MP for Dover. They shouldn’t need to be paid to do their homework.

The fact that we give them tens of millions of pounds and receive so little in return is even more absurd. It is a shameful misuse of hard-earned taxpayers’ money.

“The first priority of the future Prime Minister must be to solve the dilemma of small boats.

The UK has announced plans to “speed up” the deportation of failed Albanian asylum seekers as record numbers were released.

Albanians who arrive in the UK in small boats will have their asylum applications processed immediately, and those who do not have a legal right to be there will be deported “as quickly as possible”, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Interior.

By making it clear that Albanians will not be allowed to live and work in Britain, the agency hopes to discourage them from undertaking the perilous journey by inflatable boat.

A series of social media advertisements in Albanian also spread this message.

“Violent organized crime organizations and unscrupulous smugglers sell lies to large numbers of Albanians, enticing them into risky journeys in flimsy boats to the UK,” Ms Patel said in a statement.

It is unacceptable for individuals to abuse our immigration system and put their lives at risk.

According to Home Office figures released on Thursday, the number of Albanians traveling the English Channel in small boats has recently increased, despite Britain considering Albania a “safe and wealthy nation”.

In the first half of 2022, 2,165 Albanians entered the country using this method, compared to just 23 in the same period of 2021.

A total of 12,747 people entered the UK on small boats in the first half of the year, more than double the number the previous year.

Albanians and Afghans are now the two largest nationalities entering on tiny boats, accounting for 18% of all arrivals.

With increasing prison sentences for immigration offenses and the threat of deportation to Rwanda, the Interior Ministry’s advertising campaign will attempt to reverse this trend.

Additionally, the advertisements advise viewers to seek refuge in the first safe country they arrive in and provide details of secure immigration pathways.

Following discussions with his Albanian colleague, Interior Minister Bledi Cuci, Patel announced the restrictions.

He said the two ministers also discussed expanding opportunities for skilled workers and laborers from Albania to enter the UK legally.

The tiny boat crossings are “illegal and dangerous activities”, according to Cuci.

What happens when a person crosses the English Channel to reach the UK?

For MailOnline, Rory Tingle

According to the Refugee Council, the vast majority of people crossing the Channel in tiny boats seek refuge.

Depending on whether it’s an adult, an unaccompanied minor, or a family unit, different things happen at that time.


1. Immediately moved to one of several places of temporary detention scattered around the country, usually in the south of England. In addition to having their fingerprints taken, people go through a selection interview and provide their name, date of birth and nationality. They are then added to the asylum system accordingly.

2 – Asylum seekers were often moved to a home run by the Home Office a day or two later, but in recent years these have become overcrowded, so authorities now employ hotels in the place.

3 – Two to three weeks later they are distributed to any town or city in the UK for “community housing”; although in recent years these deadlines have been extended. Additionally, the Home Office was dependent on rental accommodation from three private providers, as dispersal accommodation was often at capacity. Asylum seekers receive accommodation and a cash allowance of £39.63 per week.

4 – The preliminaries information questionnaire (PIC), which is given to asylum seekers, asks them why they fear persecution.

They end up receiving an invitation to an in-depth interview at the Ministry of the Interior, where they will be questioned about information from their selection interview and the PIC form.

5 – The plaintiff can lodge an appeal before an impartial court if the first judgment is a refusal. They would always be accommodated and helped.

6 – They are said to have “exhausted their appeal rights” if they get an initial denial, do not appeal, or have their appeal denied. They will receive a notification from the Home Office that they will be evicted and their weekly aid will expire.

7. They can choose to participate in the Voluntary Return Program, under which the Home Office will cover their airfare.

If they don’t register, immigration officials can arrest, detain and possibly deport them.

The Refugee Council said that since there are not enough prison facilities for those in this situation, they often find themselves homeless and impoverished.


Children (under 18) are placed in the custody of a local authority after spending much less time in a short-term detention centre. They receive housing and a social worker.

If the young people have been separated from their parents, the Ministry of the Interior is not authorized to take them. However, if their asylum application is refused, they can obtain a kind of residence permit until the age of 17 and a half.


The Home Office wouldn’t kick a family out of their house or stop providing them with money if their appeal options were exhausted, which is the only small difference.