Police say the firebombing, which slightly injured two staff members, was likely driven by “hate-filled grievance.” The suspect, who killed himself after the attack, reportedly supported far-right causes on social media.
Britain's government said the situation at the Manston center was improving, with more than 1,000 people having been relocated to other accommodations in recent days. But about 2,700 remain at the center, which was intended to host about half that number.
Braverman drew widespread criticism earlier this week for describing the surge in small boat crossings on the English Channel as an “invasion on our southern coast.” She also riled Albania by blaming Albanian criminal gangs for “abusing” Britain's asylum system and modern slavery laws.
Albanian citizens made up about a third of those arriving in small boats so far this year, a large increase compared with previous years. In total, Britain has seen some 40,000 migrants crossing the English Channel to reach its shores this year. That's a record high, although the U.K. receives far fewer asylum-seekers compared to European countries such as Italy, Greece, France or Germany.
Albania's prime minister on Thursday blasted Braverman's “crazy narrative” and attempts to “cover up for totally failed policies on borders and on crime.”
“To single out a community, and to talk about gangsters and about criminals, doesn’t sound really something that is very British,” Edi Rama told reporters in Berlin. “(It) sounds more like screams from a madhouse.”
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's office said it is “extremely grateful” for Albania’s co-operation on managing migration, adding that it wanted to “continue to build on” the two countries' working relationship.
Sunak has described the migrant crisis as a “serious and escalating problem." He acknowledged that “not enough” asylum claims are being processed, but maintained his Conservative government was getting a grip on the situation.
Geir Moulson contributed from Berlin.
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