FORTY PERCENT of Channel migrants come from ALBANIA – not a famine war-torn country – reveals secret military report
- 696 people cross the Channel on Monday, the highest number this year
- Four out of ten migrants crossing the Channel in small boats, reveals Alban Mail Plus
- The government has spent £493m over seven years trying to stop migrants
- To read the full leaked ‘Official Sensitive’ document, visit Mail Plus
Forty per cent of Channel migrants come from peaceful Albania – not a war-torn nation, according to a secret military intelligence report, Mail Plus reveals.
A total of 1,075 Albanians crossed the English Channel in small boats organized by smuggling gangs over a six-week period this summer.
Last year, a total of 757 Albanians crossed the Channel last year, according to government figures.
Albanian gangs are reportedly buying huge inflatable boats from Chinese factories and customizing them by asking Chinese companies to enlarge them to take more migrants on board.
Experts believe the crossings are being fueled by social media, with smugglers advertising their services on TikTok and charging up to £5,500 per person.
An Albanian police liaison officer is expected to be based in Dover to help deal with the growing problem, but there is a reported shortage of Albanian translators to help.
Four out of ten migrants who cross the English Channel in small boats come from peaceful Albania
The revelation comes the day a man in a kayak had to be rescued by British authorities yesterday after trying to cross the English Channel alone.
A further 288 people crossed the Channel on Friday August 5, bringing the total number of migrants who reached the UK this week to 1,372.
Five small boats made the crossing in the past 24-hour period, according to government figures.
This includes a migrant who was rescued yesterday morning after attempting to travel by kayak.
He was picked up by British Border Force officers around 9 a.m., five miles off the English coast, GB News reports.
Earlier this week a new daily record was set at 22 as 696 people made the dangerous journey on Monday, according to Ministry of Defense figures.
A man in a kayak had to be rescued by UK authorities yesterday (August 5) after trying to cross the English Channel alone
Meanwhile, a record number of people for this year made the crossing on Monday, with 696, including women and children, reaching British shores.
It is only the second time this year that more than 600 people have arrived in the UK via small boat crossings, the previous record being 651 on April 13.
With 696 on Monday, the total number of people to have crossed this year rose to 17,134.
New research shows that over the past seven years nearly half a billion pounds have been spent by the government to stop migrants crossing.
The total includes huge sums handed over to the French government in an effort to prevent potential asylum seekers from leaving their shores.
Figures show £473million was spent on a range of security measures as well as the initial cost of Priti Patel’s asylum deal in Rwanda.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to announce a new funding package soon, which will include tens of millions of pounds to the French for more beach patrols and surveillance equipment.
A government spokesperson said: ‘The increase in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.
“Not only are they a clear abuse of our immigration laws, but they are risking lives and hampering our ability to help refugees arriving in the UK through safe and legal channels.
“The Nationality and Borders Act will allow us to crack down on abuse of the system and malicious smugglers, who will now face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
“As part of our new partnership on migration and economic development with Rwanda, we are continuing preparations to relocate those who make dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK so that their grievances are taken into account and rebuild their life.”