‘Hundreds’ of Albanian migrants returned under ‘landmark’ deal – but many have absconded or still in hostels, says Jenrick | Political News

“Hundreds” of migrants have so far been returned to Albania under the government’s “landmark” deal with the country, says immigration minister Robert Jenrick.

That’s despite more than 12,000 Albanian people crossing the Channel on small boats last year, according to official figures.

Speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge, Mr Jenrick initially said “thousands” of illegal migrants were being returned to Albania, before clarifying that “hundreds” had been placed on the flights agreed in December last year.

He said it was still “early days” and that “spurious last minute claims” had held up deportations – but admitted many others were currently in hotels or had absconded.


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