Ten-point migration plan to end ‘Hotel Britain’
The hotel crackdown is one of 10 forward-looking measures to tackle the migrant crisis, in which a record nearly 40,000 men, women and children crossed the English Channel this year.
The the largest increase was among Albaniansrepresenting 12,000, or almost a third of arrivals.
Ministers are planning a bespoke expedited deportation regime for Albanians, where all asylum applications are examined within a few days and migrants deported.
A former Home Office fast-track scheme was declared illegal in 2015 after legal challenges, but officials believe they can overcome legal hurdles that require them to have a “realistic” prospect of deportation.
This is because Britain now has a deportation agreement with Albania and it can be treated as a “safe” country.
“Those coming from safe countries like Albania – whose citizens account for 30% of illegal crossings this year – need to understand that crossing the English Channel in small boats is not a path to a life here,” Mr. jenrick.
“The record number of arrivals and the prospect of further increases require us to review the system to ensure our laws are appropriate.”
It is believed that one option being considered is to change the law to treat Albania as an EU country, which would mean that migrants from the Balkan state would not have the right to seek asylum.
The ministers are also proposing to rewrite Theresa May’s Modern Slavery Act, which has been used by Albanian migrants to stay in the UK while their applications are considered, a process that can take more than a year.
Albanians are the largest nationality making claimswith a success rate of 90%.