Albania’s prime minister has slammed Britain for the migration dispute

Albania’s prime minister has slammed Britain for the migration dispute

By Rachel More and Thomas Escrite

BERLIN (Reuters) – Britain should look to Germany to learn how to cope with a wave of migrants, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Thursday, condemning London for its portrayal of Albanians arriving in the Channel country.

“To single out a community and talk about gangsters and criminals doesn’t sound very British, it sounds more like the screams of a madhouse,” Rama said, praising Berlin’s response to migration policy.

Britain has been engulfed in a row over migration, with Home Secretary Suella Braverman blaming the “increasing number of Albanian arrivals” on young, single men who she says are part of organized crime gangs.

Rama, who was attending a Berlin summit of Western Balkan countries hosted by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, singled out Germany’s handling of the millions of migrants it received in 2015 as a role model for Britain.

“I have never heard a German minister speak of Albanians as criminals,” he said, standing on the podium next to his host, and praised the “dignity” of Germany’s approach. He added that less than 1% of Albanians in Britain were in prison.

Earlier Thursday, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak came out to play down the row, emphasizing Albania’s cooperation in the fight against people-smuggling.

“We have strong relations with our Albanian partners. We are grateful for the cooperation of the Albanian government and remain fully committed to working together with them,” the spokesperson told reporters.

(Reporting by Thomas Escrit; Writing by Rachel More; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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