Rishi Sunak says changes to asylum system should lead to ‘vast majority’ of Albanian applications being refused – live

Sunak says changes to system should lead to ‘vast majority’ of asylum applications from Albanians being refused

Sunak says almost a third of asylum seekers are from Albania.

But it is a safe and prosperous country, he claims.

He says people will only be able to claim to be victims of modern slavery if there is evidence of this, not just a suspicion of this.

He says this, and other changes, should lead to “the vast majority” of claims from Albania being declared unfounded. People will then be returned quickly.

And he says he wants to ensure all Albanians in the backlog are quickly removed.

He says the government is also committed to starting flights to Rwanda, to send asylum seekers there (under the plan announced when Boris Johnson was PM).

Updated at 07.52 EST

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This article was written by Andrew Sparrow and originally published on www.theguardian.com