Home Secretary Suella Braverman is actively promoting a migrant returns agreement with Turkey, drawing inspiration from the successful Albanian model.
Braverman’s motivation stems from her growing concern over the significant rise in the number of Turkish individuals attempting to cross the English Channel using small boats. This year alone, over 1,000 asylum seekers have arrived, with a noticeable surge following the earthquake in February.
To address this escalating issue, Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick is scheduled to travel to Turkey later this month to engage in discussions regarding a potential returns agreement, mirroring the successful accord reached with Albania.
Since Albania signed the agreement in December of the previous year, deportation flights have witnessed a notable increase, effectively deterring and disrupting illegal migration.
If a similar pact can be established with Turkey, it may also lead to greater demands for stricter measures against the production and distribution of dinghies used by smugglers. In an exclusive investigation, it was revealed that Turkey has become a prominent hub for smugglers and the manufacturing of dangerous dinghies utilized in the perilous Channel crossings.
Mrs. Braverman’s concerns extend beyond Turkish migrants, as she has also observed a surge in illegal arrivals from India.
Consequently, she is actively exploring options to enhance return agreements with countries experiencing high volumes of illegal entries, particularly in light of this year’s spike in numbers. Turkey, in particular, remains a pressing concern due to the significant increase in arrivals.
Simultaneously, government ministers are taking immediate action to prevent potential dilution of the Illegal Migration Bill by members of the House of Lords. This bill represents a crucial element of the government’s strategy to tackle illegal migration and is considered a flagship initiative.