AN international ad blitz smashing people smugglers’ lies is being launched in Albania.
The Home Office is targeting the gangs as part of its campaign to “stop the boats”.
The ads are aimed at people considering crossing the Channel illegally.
In one, a police officer is shown escorting a young man away as stark words warn: “You face being detained and removed.”
Another shows a dangerously crowded dinghy, captioned: “We are stopping illegal journeys to the UK.”
The crackdown comes as immigration minister Robert Jenrick heads off on a tour of migration hotspots.
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He will visit Algeria, Tunisia, Italy and France for talks on how to tackle illegal immigration.
Mr Jenrick said: “Organised immigration crime is a global challenge which requires international solutions the whole way along the migration route.
“That includes working proactively at source before people set off on dangerous and unnecessary journeys.
“We’re determined to stop the boats. And the campaign launching in Albania this week is just one component of the Home Office’s work upstream.”
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Mr Jenrick added that the ad blitz will “help dispel myths about illegal travel to the UK, explain the realities and combat the lies peddled by evil people-smugglers who profit from this vile trade”.
MOCKING THE LAW
AN armed robber who sneaked into the UK and pretended to be from a warzone is still here — 25 years later.
Albanian Aleks Marku said he was fleeing from Kosovo — and made no mention of his 14-year jail sentence.
He got citizenship in 2006, but when he was jailed for domestic violence in 2008 his lies were exposed — but he has since rode a wave of asylum appeals to avoid deportation.
Tory MP Nigel Mills called it a “disgrace” and said “he is laughing in the face of justice here”.
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