ALBANIA was once the go-to destination for drugs, child sex, gangland murder, blood feuds, you name it.
Not so much these days.
A huge chunk of this tiny but corrupt country’s 2.8million people, some fugitives from Interpol, has upped sticks and off-shored to once-Great Britain.
UK plc has become the organised crime capital of Europe, home to 10,000 Albanians shipped here this year alone by the people-smuggling gangs who control their lives.
The figure does not include 1,300 Albanians in prison, the largest foreign contingent behind bars, or thousands more already operating below the radar.
Ex-Royal Marine Dan O’Mahoney is the Government’s “Clandestine Channel Threat Commander” who keeps an eye on foreign mafia thugs.
He told MPs last month: “Whatever sort of criminality you can think of, there are Albanian gangs dominating, be it drug-smuggling, human trafficking, guns, prostitution.”
No doubt many are hard-working and honest. But many more are already working their passage in lucrative cocaine factories and cannabis farms.
They are here to stay, despite this government’s best efforts, along with other ex-Soviet neighbours already running criminal syndicates of their own.
We must wait for planes of illegals heading for Tirana or Rwanda.
Convicted criminals will never return to Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq — or even the West Indies.
This saga is not just about numbers, horrifying though they are. Nor is it about race, as lefties claim.
It is about the corrosion and degradation of our way of life, the abandonment of what it means to be British — to live in a still democratic, mostly law-abiding nation.
Britain, ironically, is a migrant magnet because our rule of law, property rights and English as a global language make criminal enterprises a joy to run.
Police and civil servants still don’t demand bribes for doing their jobs — though if last week’s report on police with criminal records is a guide, those prized assets may be on the wane.
Several Home Office contractors have been kicked out for offering drugs to asylum seekers.
Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman are working feverishly to find solutions which can survive attacks from the Home Office “Blob” and shroud-waving leftie lawyers who launch dodgy appeals against every deportation order.
To his credit, the PM has made immigration a priority second only to the economy.
He will use COP 27 talks with French President Emmanuel Macron tomorrow to press for “British boots” on Calais beaches.
The scale of the challenge emerged during my only chat with Liz Truss as PM.
Asked how she would deal with the boatloads of masked and hooded young men, she replied: “Well, Trevor, what would you do?”
It was a stunning sign of frustration, not just for Liz Truss, but every Tory PM since 2010 — David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson and now Rishi Sunak.
Labour’s Tony Blair opened the floodgates to cheap labour in 2004 and locked them open with the Human Rights Act.
Anyone who raised an eyebrow was denounced as a “racist”, a slur which silences protest to this day.
Suella has been savaged for calling this an “invasion”. But how else to describe the flood — another banned word — of “guests” now holed up in processing centres, £200-a-night luxury hotels or stately homes?
An Armada? No, the Spanish fleet of 1588 involved a mere 150 boats and 18,000 men — a fraction of those heading our way in 2022.
This island nation, which kept Hitler and Napoleon’s armies at bay, can only wring its hands over a flotilla of rubber dinghies.
Newcomers are not even grateful for the food, beds and pocket money costing taxpayers £6.8million a day or £2.4billion a year.
Some resort to violence if they are kept waiting.
Processing staff had to hide in “safe zones” this weekend while migrants ran amok with makeshift weapons after a power failure prevented them charging their phones.
Meanwhile, needy UK citizens — some of them established migrants — are being turfed out of council accommodation to make way for foreign newcomers.
Town halls, social services, GP and dental practices are overwhelmed. Bored and bewildered migrant teenagers are roaming seaside towns with nothing to do.
Britain may have a duty to care for real asylum seekers and refugees.
It does not have to take in fit and healthy young men who have been driven out of an EU associate member state by their own corrupt politicians.
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