Albanian migrants 'blatantly manipulating' modern slavery laws, GB News told

Last weekend, hundreds of Albanian migrants protested in Central London, accusing the UK government and media of “demonising” their fellow countrymen and women.
Last weekend, hundreds of Albanian migrants protested in Central London, accusing the UK government and media of “demonising” their fellow countrymen and women.

In an official briefing, National Crime Agency said: 'A significant proportion of the Albanians in the UK will have arrived illegally'

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Many Albanian migrants involved in the UK’s illegal cannabis trade are “blatantly manipulating” modern slavery laws by falsely claiming they have been trafficked to the UK against their will, GB News has been told.

In an official briefing, National Crime Agency said: “A significant proportion of the Albanians in the UK will have arrived illegally.”

Last weekend, hundreds of Albanian migrants protested in Central London, accusing the UK government and media of “demonising” their fellow countrymen and women.

The NCA said police forces across the country are reporting that most Albanians arrested for tending Cannabis farms will claim to have been trafficked against their will and forced to work for criminal gangs.
The NCA said police forces across the country are reporting that most Albanians arrested for tending Cannabis farms will claim to have been trafficked against their will and forced to work for criminal gangs.

The NCA said many of the more than 12,000 Albanians arriving across the UK in small boats, were coming with the aim of working illegally in the “grey economy” such as the construction industry, or to work for Albanian organised criminals.

Intelligence Manager at the NCA, Steve Brocklesby said: “The opportunities to work in the grey economy and the drugs trade and the money it can generate for an average Albanian who comes from the northern villages of Albania, who’s got no money and got no prospects and his life is regulated by corruption in many ways – the opportunity to come to the UK and earn huge sums of money is overwhelming.

“Coupled to that is the pull factor from those criminals in the UK, who’ve already made sufficient money, who go back to Albania every summer, usually in extremely nice vehicles - that is effectively a recruiting ground for the younger Albanian males.”

He added: “Those working in the grey economy.. they are still earning potentially £50-£100 per day, which is far far more than they’d get in Albania.

“But that is still far far less than they’d earn in a cannabis grow for 10 weeks where they’d earn £10,000.”

The Home Office confirmed recently that more than 12,000 Albanians had crossed English Channel this year, most coming in the second half of the year.
The Home Office confirmed recently that more than 12,000 Albanians had crossed English Channel this year, most coming in the second half of the year.

The NCA said police forces across the country are reporting that most Albanians arrested for tending Cannabis farms will claim to have been trafficked against their will and forced to work for criminal gangs.

Steve Brocklesby said: “What we do see and what we do know is the Albanian criminal community will manipulate the National Referral Mechanism in a fairly extensive fashion.

“We do know from speaking to police forces around the country, that if Albanian illegal migrants are arrested in a cannabis farm, often the first thing they will do is claim they’re a victim of trafficking.

“In many ways it is blatant manipulation, it is something we believe is instilled in them before they arrive in the UK.”

The Agency said Albanian crime groups have increased their control of the cocaine and cannabis trade in the UK, with not a single region unaffected by Albanian criminality.

The Home Office confirmed recently that more than 12,000 Albanians had crossed English Channel this year, most coming in the second half of the year.

At one point over the Summer, 60% of those arriving illegally in small boats were from Albania.