Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary of England, is reported to be in search of a special solution similar to the agreement made with Albania to accelerate deportation procedures to Turkey.
According to The Telegraph, Suella Braverman is seeking an agreement similar to the one with Albania to expedite deportation procedures to Turkey following a “significant increase” in the number of migrants arriving by boats from Turkey.
In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in the number of migrants coming from Albania to England, which has compelled the two countries to find a solution.
According to the newspaper, over a thousand migrants have reached the United Kingdom via the English Channel from Turkey since the beginning of the year. This figure indicates a significant increase compared to previous years, and Turkey has become one of the leading countries for illegal immigration to England.
The newspaper report stated that Home Secretary Braverman and Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick are considering the possibility of reaching a similar agreement with Turkey as with Albania.
It was mentioned that Jenrick is expected to fly to Istanbul within this month to discuss a possible agreement with the Turkish government to facilitate the repatriation of illegal immigrants.
A source speaking to the newspaper suggested that the increase in migrants coming from Turkey could be related to the devastating earthquakes and poor economic conditions experienced in February.
An unnamed official from the Home Office, who spoke to the newspaper, said, “Turkey is a genuine concern because there is a significant increase in the numbers, and we need to be able to deport migrants more easily.”
Previously, England had prepared a plan to send illegal immigrants to Rwanda, but due to legal obstacles, the plan has been temporarily shelved.
However, the government continues to focus on deterrent measures to reduce illegal immigration.
It is also noted that Home Secretary Braverman may disregard decisions from the European Court of Human Rights that could impede deportation flights.
On the other hand, Turkish citizens ranked third in the list of those seeking asylum in European Union countries in 2022. In 2022, 58,000 Turkish citizens made their first asylum applications to EU countries. Turkish citizens were ranked fifth on the 2021 list.