I have called for renewed action to put a stop to small boat Channel crossings.
A leaked report from the Ministry of Defence shows that the largest group of Channel migrants, almost 40%, comes from Albania. Albania is not in the midst of war or famine – it is a member of NATO.
The UK has a proud record of providing help and assistance around the globe. But it is beyond question that there are economic migrants being smuggled into the UK from safe countries like Albania.
Those wanting to live and work in the UK should be going about it the right way – applying for a visa by legal routes. Parliament has passed stronger laws to tackle the small boats, including new criminal offences. These laws must now be enforced.
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