Albania, Britain and Kosovo declaration of cooperation against illegal migration

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The Ministry of the Interior of Albania, the Ministry of the Interior of Kosovo and the Ministry of the Interior of the United Kingdom have signed a Cooperation Declaration during the Ministerial held in Tirana.

Ministers Balla, Tomlinson and Sveçla thus confirm the commitment to join efforts in the fight against illegal migration, which has a direct impact on the security of countries and the well-being of citizens.

The three partner countries, through the document, underline that they face common challenges, starting from illegal migration to organized crime. The Declaration states that enhanced cooperation at the operational level between law enforcement agencies and joint engagements will help dismantle criminal groups that facilitate illegal border crossings by exploiting vulnerable migrants and refugees.

The United Kingdom and Albania recall the 2022 Joint Communiqué, which focused on enhanced measures to tackle illegal migration. This included the establishment of a Joint UK-Albania Migration Task Force and resulted in a reduction of Albanian small vessel arrivals by 90% by 2023.

However, through the document signed today, the ministers emphasize that organized migration crime still remains a challenge, including the transit of third-country nationals within the Western Balkans and the United Kingdom.

Kosovo joins the Joint Migration Task Force to provide a joint law enforcement response to illegal migration. This will enable increased joint operational activity and increased levels of data and information exchange.

 

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