According to reports, Channel migrants could reach Britain by fast track and be sent directly to an Albanian processing centre.

Ministers have been discussing the possibility of opening an asylum center in Eastern Europe. They believe this would be a deterrent to migrants coming from France.

The Times reported that anyone seeking asylum in Britain who arrived illegally, such as by small boats or dinghies, would be flew to the new center within seven days.

However, the project would cost the British taxpayer £100,000 per migrant for flights and accommodation.

An unnamed minister stated that offshore processing was the best option now as there is no other way to make it work.

Reports of earlier plans to build offshore processing centers using North Sea disused oil rigs – that were discussed last year – proved futile.

The possibility of reaching a settlement with Tirana was still possible, according to a UK government source, despite Olta Xhacka, Albania’s foreign minister, having rejected it last month.

Priti Patel (Home Secretary) pledged this week to end ‘100%’ of Channel crossings into France. This latest development comes amid the crisis in the migration sector. 

Paris contradicted her claims that she had signed the agreement with Gerald Darmanin, French counterpart. 

Around 80 migrants were seen in Northern France climbing into inflatable dinghies before being pushed into the water and beginning their journey towards Britain. 

The channel was crossed by 1,185 people last Thursday. This surpasses the 853 daily maximum. There have been over 20,000 crossings this year.

Channel migrants who reach Britain could be fast-tracked to an off-shore processing centre in Albania, it was reported last night. Above: Migrants arriving in Kent earlier this week

According to reports, Channel migrants could reach Britain by fast track and be sent directly to an Albanian processing centre. Above: Kent migrants arrive earlier in the week

Ministers are discussing opening an asylum centre in the eastern European country, which they believe would act as a deterrent for migrants crossing from northern France

Ministers have been discussing the possibility of opening an asylum center in Eastern Europe. They believe it would be a deterrent to migrants coming from Northern France.

As a response to the news that an Albanian asylum centre was being planned, a spokesperson from Home Office stated: “Migrants who make these risky crossings put their lives in danger. We must do all we can to stop them from coming across our shores and expose the business model that criminal gangs use to exploit people.

What happens to immigrants after they arrive in the UK? 

If a migrant is picked up at the border or has been intercepted by sea authorities, they are transported to Tug Haven in Dover. 

The arrivals receive a triage to determine any vulnerabilities or medical conditions, are fed, and checked for criminal history. Before being allowed to stay in accommodation centers across Britain, they must undergo an interview. This is paid for by the UK taxpayers. Private contractors provide this service. 

The migrants are given £37.75 per week for essentials like food, clothes and toiletries while they wait for a decision on their asylum application. They could be deported back to their homeland if the asylum claim is denied. 

Kent County Council typically takes unaccompanied kids into its care. But, there are other local authorities involved. 

“People should apply for asylum in the safest country in which they land. As part of their response, it’s important that there is a maritime deterrent and international partnerships to end these dangerous trips.

The Sun first published the plans last month. The official spokesperson for the Albanian Prime Minister called the reports ‘absolutely false’.   

This news follows a March suggestion that illegally crossing the Channel to get to Britain, asylum seekers could be sent to Turkey. 

Another option was Gibraltar, an island off the coast of Gibraltar, and the Isle of Man. 

The proposals were criticized by charities at the time. An immigration expert stated that while there wasn’t a law against such an action, it was “bound to be a case in court.” 

New research by the British Refugee Council on Wednesday revealed that almost two-thirds of the migrants who travel across the Channel to get to the UK from the Middle East was discovered.    

More than 61 per cent of those who make the dangerous journey across the 21 mile straight Calais to Dover are nationals from countries such as Iran and Iraq.

Iran is the country with most migrants who arrive in small boats. There were 3,187 Iranian citizens arriving on British shores between January and May last year. 

This is 26 percent of the total arrivals on small boats during this time.

Also, Figures show that 2185 Iraqi nationals crossed the Channel during the same period. 

It is estimated that around 17.5% of 12,195 migrants arrived in the UK by small boats between 2020 and the beginning of 2019.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard the Dungeness Lifeboat following a small boat incident in the Channel

Following a Channel Channel incident involving a boat, several people believed to be migrants were brought aboard the Dungeness Lifeboat to Dover.

The top 10 most landed in small boats were also Middle Eastern nationalities from war-torn countries like Syria and Yemen.  

The largest numbers of people arriving from non-Middle Eastern nations came from Sudan in north-east Africa. Small boat arrivals from Vietnam accounted for around eight percent. Eritrea accounted for six percent and Ethiopia one percent.

The British Refugee Council says that all the 10 countries in the top 10 are places where human rights violations and persecutions are widespread. 

These are the top ten most popular nationalities among migrants who have arrived on small boats to reach the UK. 

British Refugee council figures show that migrants came to the UK by small boats in January 2020, May 2021. 

Iran: 26 percent

Iraq 17 per cent

Sudan 11 per cent

Syria: 10 per cent

Vietnam 8 per cent

Eritrea: 6 per cent

Afghanistan 5 per cent

Kuwait 5 per cent

Yemen 2 per cent

Ethiopia 1 per cent

Others: 9 Percent  

MailOnline reporters witnessed two inflatable dinghies of 50 feet each carrying 40 migrants leaving northern France, Tuesday morning. 

It was dawn. A jogger and dog walkers watched with amazement as these two distinct groups ran toward the water’s edge, carrying their enormous boats, after having been hidden in the dunes overnight.

While the migrants were boarding for the risky trip to Britain, smugglers made their way into the ocean to help them. However, they never reached the destination.  

Ms Patel stated that, despite the continuing crossings and lack of progress in stopping them she had spoken with Gerald Darmanin from France to agree to stop ‘100%’ crossings of the Channel.   

A joint statement was issued by the Home Office and the two parties, which stated that they had reached an agreement to “stop dangerous crossings” of the “deadly route”.

However, the French Embassy in London stated that the 100 percent figure “shouldn’t be presented as an agreement figure.”

Ms Patel & Mr Darmanin met Monday night to discuss the long-running dispute between France and Britain over how to solve the issue of immigrants crossing the Channel.

Following the joint statement, it was stated that both the Interior Minister (Home Secretary) and Interior Minister agreed to intensify operational cooperation.

“More must been done to stop dangerous crossings.

“They committed to expedite the execution of the promises made in the joint accord of July 2021 to meet their common determination to keep crossings out of reach at all costs and to make the deadly route impossible.”

The French embassy stated on Twitter that the 100% number was not agreed upon between @GDarmanin the Home Secretary, and the French Interior Minister. It should not be presented in the context of an agreement: it isn’t.

“And it isn’t part of the combined statement.”

Darmanin, however, stated in a conference that 100% should be achievable if there are the right resources and support by the British authorities.