In the first half of 2017, the number of irregular migrants – foreign nationals intending to cross into the United Kingdom illegally – showed a decrease of 8 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2016.
580 foreign nationals have attempted to make the crossing this year. While the majority of these (68 per cent) are Albanian nationals, migrants from Afghanistan, Vietnam and Iraq have also attempted the journey. In the first half of 2016, by comparison, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee apprehended 630 foreign nationals.
The Marechaussee will be starting a trial in which a helicopter is deployed for the detection of irregular migrants, with additional ten migration control dogs over the next eighteen months.
Irregular migrants discovered before they could board a boat to the United Kingdom have increase from 83 per cent in 2016 to 93 per cent in 2017. The remaining irregular migrants were intercepted by British authorities upon arrival on the other side of the Channel.
An information campaign has been launched in Albania for the purpose of making it clear to Albanians that travelling to the European Union in search of asylum or illegal work would be pointless. Many of the country’s citizens make the journey to Western Europe looking for better economic prospects; however, they do so as a result of misinformation from various sources, including human traffickers. The campaign is a joint initiative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Dutch Repatriation and Departure Service (DT&V) of the Ministry of Security and Justice.