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Published on August 3, 2010
Simultaneous dismantling in France and the United Kingdom of an Albanian illegal immigration ring – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Mutually-Supportive Development

Paris, August 2, 2010

On 14 and 23 July 2010, in the framework of coordinated operations conducted simultaneously in France and the United Kingdom, French and British police dismantled an Albanian illegal immigration ring smuggling Albanian and Sri Lankan nationals [into the UK] from the ports of Calais and Dunkirk.

26 migrant traffickers, who organized this ring, were arrested for questioning – 18 in France and 8 in the United Kingdom –, in particular at London’s Heathrow Airport. Dozens of foreign nationals without the requisite documents were also intercepted. Between €2,000 and €5,000 was being demanded per border crossing.

The dismantling of this ring is the most important coordinated operation on either side of the Channel since the creation of the Franco-British Joint Intelligence Unit in Folkestone in September 2009.

On 13 July 2010 in Paris, Eric Besson and Damian Green, the British Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, asked their police services to increase the number of coordinated operations against the traffickers’ networks in both France and Britain./.

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