Secret UK and Albania talks on illegal migrants exposed by Iranian hack

The internal documents published on the Telegram channel include email correspondence in February 2022 between Gledis Nano, Albania’s then director of police, and Alastair King-Smith, the UK ambassador to Albania. It is among a cache of 1,400 hacked and leaked emails involving Mr Nano. In one email, the police chief thanks Mr King-Smith for his … Read more

Britain and France set for new £50m deal to tackle Channel migrants

The UK and France are set to sign a new £50 million deal to tackle Channel migrants in the wake of a crackdown on people smugglers. Diplomatic sources said officials were working on a “multi-year” financial package that France believes could break the people-smugglers’ model. The sources said it would be similar to the £54 … Read more

Channel crossing gang made £13m from smuggling 10,000 migrants

This represented about a quarter of the €60 million (£51.5 million) that people-smuggling gangs generated from the cross-Channel trade in 2021, said Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, the deputy executive director of Europol. They charged migrants between €2,500-€3,500 (£2,140-£3,000) each, regularly changed tactics to avoid detection, used larger boats and launched up to 15 at once, of which … Read more