Many pictures are captioned: ‘Inside the lorry to UK.’ Youngsters strike a trademark pose of intertwining their hands to reflect the Albanian flag of a double-headed eagle.
One Facebook post offers cards for NVQ qualifications – without needing to complete the courses – ‘for all the Albanians living in England’.
Harbans Doll was trying to sneak three Iraqi families including a five-month-old baby and two Albanian women into Britain in the back of a hired Ford Transit van.
The 61-year-old told Border Force officials: ‘I thought I was just delivering furniture.’ The father of one claimed he had ‘met a man at a pub’ near his home in Langley, near Slough, and was offered £500 to collect a load from France.
Mrs Voda said: ‘The reason so many go to the UK rather than Germany or France or the Netherlands is that those countries do much more to deport them earlier.
In Britain this is not the case, and this makes it more attractive.’She added that some parents use their children as pawns, sending them over to get asylum before following them to the UK.
Many are encouraged to travel here by their parents, who take them part of the way before helping to pay traffickers to spirit them across the Channel, officials said.
Pictures of young people hidden in lorries are uploaded on pages including ‘Albanians in London’, alongside the caption: ‘On the way.’Other images offering fake IDs and charges to book a place with a smuggler expose how gangs of people-traffickers seem to be cashing in on social media.The Mail visited one village in northern Albania where residents spoke of sending their children for a better life because there was ‘no future for them’ there.Laughing, holding bottles of drink and posing with the Albanian flag, the teenagers’ ‘stowaway selfies’ are on pages which can reach 60,000 followers But Flamur Dauti, a school headmaster in the village of Krume, warned Facebook pages were fuelling a false promise. Social media is helping to feed the myth,’ he said.From there they are fixed up with people smugglers who take them to the UK where they are provided social care – usually with a foster family – and schooling.Yesterday, Albania’s deputy internal affairs minister Rovena Voda urged the UK to follow Germany and France in swiftly sending home under-18s who have asylum claims rejected.