The Albanian sheds light on how easy it is to enter the UK illegally for a better life with a higher salary, with one explaining how he stymied the visa system to be able to live in the UK. England for three years. It comes as the Home Secretary admitted before a parliamentary committee yesterday that the Government had failed to control the country’s borders amid a large influx of undocumented migrants.
Despite being honest about the economic drag on arrival in the UK, local politicians say it was the UK Government’s visa system that pushed workers over the dangerous path, as well as the ease with which Albanians can travel through EU countries.
Geri Bucr, a resident of Burrel, in central Albania, was able to use a series of cunning lies to trick immigration officers, he claimed.
He is said to have paid £4,000 to organized criminals to obtain a “genuine” Italian passport, despite not speaking the language, and able to fly directly to the UK.
Instead of flying directly from Milan – where his forged passport could raise suspicion – he flew from Croatia to London.
He said: “I know people are using trucks and boats are just starting to become the new way to cross but they are expensive and they are also dangerous so my way is cheaper and safer.
“Once in London, I told UK officials that my life was in danger and that I was the victim of a feud with people who were trying to kill me. It was just trash and they let me stay for three years.
“I used a fake Italian passport to enter the country and then applied for asylum in my own name. I lived on Ealing Broadway and I worked there in a number of restaurants and construction sites, I had a good time and made a lot of money.”
The 25-year-old told the Mail that in the UK he can earn ten times what he can earn in his native Albania, as long as he has a job.
Mr Bucr did not say how he came to be known to the UK Border Force, but it has been suggested that he was involved in crimes while in the UK, which he expressed regret.
As a candidate country for EU membership, Albanians have been allowed to travel freely between member states without hindrance.
Another Albanian in town, who did not wish to reveal his name, said he had also traveled to the UK to work, using a Channel smuggler, before being deported in a raid. raid by immigration officials in Oxford.
He said: “I can go to France easily because there is no need for a visa because Albania is applying to join the European Union.
“I went to Dunkirk and just asked about; there are a lot of Kurdish and Albanian middlemen out there offering cross-Channel trips or you message them on Facebook or TikTok.”
He added: “Yes [were] about 20 people on my boat and when we got to england no one saw us and the group just ran into town.
Suella Braverman, the Interior Minister, angered the Albanian Prime Minister earlier this month, after she described the influx of Albanian migrants as an “invasion”.
Edi Rama said the UK Government should “stop discriminating” against Albanians to “justify policy failures”.
Yesterday, Ms Braverman admitted to the Home Affairs Select Committee that the Government had failed to control the UK’s borders.
Ralf Gjoni, a former MP in Albania who now manages a company that supplies legal workers to the UK, says the UK’s visa system is responsible for the spike in arrivals from his country. British shores by illegal means.
“It is not fair to blame the Albanians for the current situation,” he commented. Britain has failed to handle Brexit properly and is currently short of a workforce for drivers, nurses, IT and care workers and they don’t have people to fill these vacancies.
“If the work visa [regime] if handled better the outcome would be much better, but the Home Office failed to liberalize it and so you get an increase in the number of illegal border crossings.”
The Home Office has been contacted for comment.