Menu Close

Albanian police deployed at UK port for biometric migrant identification

Albanian police forces will be deployed at the Dover port in the UK to help identify and deport illegal Channel migrants.

The move comes as part of a crackdown on the surge in arrivals from the Balkan state and will see the capture of migrants’ biometric data, including fingerprints, to cross-reference it with Albanian criminal databases.

According to an analysis by the Telegraph, Albanians now account for between 50 and 60 percent of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats. This prompted a meeting this week between UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and her Albanian counterpart to agree to terms for the placement of Albanian police at Dover. The move is expected to speed up removals, with flights returning migrants within weeks of their arrival.

“This access would help us immensely, assuming there are no data protection or legal issues [preventing] the Albanian police from receiving biographic and biometric data captured by UK Border Force under UK law to check against their own records,” a Border Force source told the Telegraph.

The same individual, however, also called for caution in regard to the sharing of migrants’ biometric data.

“There may be a risk in sharing information about asylum seekers with the government of the country they are claiming to fear persecution from — at least before the claim is assessed.”

For context, any migrant who has served more than a year in jail can be removed from the UK under post-Brexit laws. The Government can also legally refuse entry in cases of ‘serious harm, persistent offending or where it is conducive to the public good.’

Commenting on the news, a Home Office spokesperson said that while the UK is open to asylum claims, these have to be filed properly and with respect to the country’s laws.

“Asylum claims may be inadmissible if someone travels through a safe third country before reaching the UK.”

The news comes months after the Chief Executive of the Port of Dover called for talks between the UK and the EU over plans for biometric checks at the port.

More recently, a report by David Neal, the independent chief inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI), suggested the Home Office failed to collect fingerprints or face biometrics from asylum seekers and illegal migrants who then absconded in their hundreds. Read More

Generated by Feedzy


Innov8 is owned and operated by Rolling Rock Ventures. The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Any information obtained from this website should be reviewed with appropriate parties if there is any concern about the details reported herein. Innov8 is not responsible for its contents, accuracies, and any inaccuracies. Nothing on this site should be construed as professional advice for any individual or situation. This website includes information and content from external sites that is attributed accordingly and is not the intellectual property of Innov8. All feeds ("RSS Feed") and/or their contents contain material which is derived in whole or in part from material supplied by third parties and is protected by national and international copyright and trademark laws. The Site processes all information automatically using automated software without any human intervention or screening. Therefore, the Site is not responsible for any (part) of this content. The copyright of the feeds', including pictures and graphics, and its content belongs to its author or publisher.  Views and statements expressed in the content do not necessarily reflect those of Innov8 or its staff. Care and due diligence has been taken to maintain the accuracy of the information provided on this website. However, neither Innov8 nor the owners, attorneys, management, editorial team or any writers or employees are responsible for its content, errors or any consequences arising from use of the information provided on this website. The Site may modify, suspend, or discontinue any aspect of the RSS Feed at any time, including, without limitation, the availability of any Site content.  The User agrees that all RSS Feeds and news articles are for personal use only and that the User may not resell, lease, license, assign, redistribute or otherwise transfer any portion of the RSS Feed without attribution to the Site and to its originating author. The Site does not represent or warrant that every action taken with regard to your account and related activities in connection with the RSS Feed, including, without limitation, the Site Content, will be lawful in any particular jurisdiction. It is incumbent upon the user to know the laws that pertain to you in your jurisdiction and act lawfully at all times when using the RSS Feed, including, without limitation, the Site Content.  

Close Bitnami banner