‘’ Expert meeting on the topic of illegal traveling of Albanian citizens to England’’ 29th of February 2019, The Netherlands

The Royal Netherlands Gendarmerie and the Seaport Police organized an expert meeting on the 13th and 14th of February concerning the issue of Albanian citizens traveling illegally to the United Kingdom via Dutch (sea) ports.
Besides the Seaport Police and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, delegations from the National Crime Agency (NCA, UK) and the Belgian Federal Police were also present. The Albanian delegation consisted of representatives of the Albanian State Police, the Department of Migration and Border Affairs, the Albanian Liaison Officer at Europol and the Albanian Embassy in The Hague. Upon completion of a two-day intense discussions and presentations, this visit was concluded to be fruitful and successful taking place in a friendly atmosphere, but most importantly as it laid the path to a future collaboration between security agencies of both countries.
The purpose of the meeting was to find a common approach to the issue and a better exchange of information. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Seaport Police, and the authorities in the United Kingdom are already working together on this topic. The issue of illegal migration by Albanian citizens and other nationalities was discussed from several viewpoints.
All parties expressed their interest in founding a Task Force to combat human smuggling. It has also been agreed upon that more insight should be gained into the cases encompassing name changes in Albania, as in this country since 2012 requests for name changes are prohibited by law, apart from special cases. In this light, the Albanian counterparts vowed to supply with any information the interested Dutch agencies.
At the second day of the meeting, the delegation visited the ports of Hoek van Holland and Vlaardingen.
Organizing an Expert Meeting is not unusual, every year the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee organizes several expert meetings on various topics.
A next meeting on this issue will be organized by the Albanian authorities.

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