Albanian Prime Minister Blames UK’s Failed Policies for Crisis, Calls Gov’t Xenophobic and Country a Madhouse

Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama was “disgusted” by Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s choice of language in a combative Commons debate this week in which she claimed there is an “invasion” of migrants crossing the Channel.

Suella Braverman’s “invasion” remark about migrants crossing the Channel is “fueling xenophobia,” according to Albania’s Prime Minister. 

Edi Rama, re-elected Albanian Prime Minister for the third time in 2021, appeared on Newsnight with BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire yesterday to discuss comments by the Home Secretary and Rishi Sunak’s Government.

Because of the migration crisis, when “failed policies” are to blame, Albania’s prime minister described Britain as a “madhouse” with a culture of “finding scapegoats.”

Mr Rama said:  “It’s about the climate that has been created, and it’s about finding scapegoats and blaming others.

“While it’s very obvious, even from Tirana, which is not so near to London, that it’s about failed policies, it’s not about Albanians or aliens or gangsters, but it’s about failed policies on borders and on crime.”

“Britain was a role model in this and now is becoming like, I don’t know, like a madhouse,” he said. 

Ms Braverman has come under fire for frequently singling out Albanian asylum seekers after their numbers crossing the Channel in small boats skyrocketed.

Mr Rama continued in a tweet: “Targeting Albanians (as some shamefully did when fighting for Brexit) as the cause of Britain’s crime and border problems makes for easy rhetoric but ignores hard fact.”

“Repeating the same things and expecting different results is insane – ask Einstein.”

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