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More Albanians Will Be Deported From British Prisons To Complete Their Sentences In Their Homeland

According to a government deal signed Monday, more Albanian criminals would be removed from England and Wales and transferred to prisons in their native country.
Chris Philp and Etilda Gjonaj, the UK and Albanian justice ministers, have accepted the Prisoner Transfer Agreement, which will see British criminals held in Albanian jails transferred to the UK.
The arrangement expands on a deal agreed by Home Secretary Priti Patel earlier this month to expedite the deportation of criminals.
Repatriated inmates will spend their whole sentence in their home country and will never be allowed to return to the UK under the new agreement.
Albania will bear the price of housing convicts once they leave the United Kingdom, while the United Kingdom will cover the cost of their transportation.
More Albanian criminals will be expelled from England and Wales and transferred to prisons in their native country, according to an agreement reached Monday by the government. Shown is a band of Albanian drug dealers insulting a British police officer.
In England and Wales, almost 1,500 Albanians are imprisoned.
Although the number of British detainees in Albania is assumed to be quite low, the UK does not have statistics on British prisoners in foreign jails.
The number of foreign nationals in jail in England and Wales is increasing; one in every eight inmates is now a non-UK citizen.
Albania will bear the price of housing inmates once they leave the UK under the new agreement, while the UK will cover the cost of their transportation.
The repatriation inmates will complete their entire sentence in their home country and will never be allowed to return to the United Kingdom.
The transfers aren’t expected to start until at least the autumn.
The Prisoner Transfer Agreement was ratified by UK and Albanian justice ministers Chris Philp and Etilda Gjonaj. ‘We are determined to removing foreign offenders who have abused our hospitality and inflicted suffering on our communities,’ Philp said in a statement.
The bilateral prisoner agreement between Albania and the UK is a huge step forward post-Brexit, and it could pave the door for other countries to follow suit, such as Poland, whose nationals make up the second largest group of foreign prisoners in UK jails.
The United Kingdom and Albania have also reaffirmed their shared commitment to combat Western Balkan-based criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking, illicit finance, and organized immigration crime in the United Kingdom.

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