Each boat encountered should be emptied of its load, sunk, and the frauds returned to place of origin.
Australia hasn’t a problem with the phenomenon any longer.
Our ships in the Mediterranean are only helping the migrant smugglers, say peers
A report into the £9.3million plan by EU found search and rescue policy had not had any ‘meaningful impact’
- Report found a £9.3million plan by EU had not had any ‘meaningful impact’
- Cross-party group found instead search and rescue had become ‘a magnet’
- Some 50 smugglers have been arrested since mission began last June
- The arrests were of low-level targets, and not the key figures
A Navy mission aimed at stopping the flow of migrants to Europe is not just failing – it is actually helping people smugglers, a damning report will say today.
The £9.3million European Union mission to tackle people smuggling operations had not had any ‘meaningful impact’, a cross-party group of peers found.
Instead, it had become a ‘search and rescue mission’ and a ‘magnet to migrants’, easing the task of the gangs.
Just some 50 smugglers have been arrested since the mission codenamed Operation Sophia began last June, despite six EU ships patrolling the waters at any one time, including one British vessel.
The arrests were of low-level targets, and not the key figures within the smuggling networks, because it was mainly migrants on the boats being intercepted.
Figures showed 80 smuggling vessels were destroyed – but this resulted in the smugglers simply changing tactics, it was said in the European Union Committee report.