This is not rocket science….
Jihadis, criminals and fraudugees alike will exploit any route left open by the West. Turning these people around, sail them back to where they left and sink their craft would do more to stem the tide than anything else.
Terror groups ‘using migrant routes’: Warning of ‘increased risk’ after Interpol report says extremists are making ‘opportunistic use’ of smuggling networks and 800,000 people are waiting to flee Libya
A new joint Interpol and Europol report shows nine out of 10 migrants who entered the EU last year relied on people smuggling networks. Pictured is a group of refugees on a boat in April this year
- Europol report showed the criminals’ turnover could even total up to £5bn
- They laundered cash across borders and ran proceeds through businesses
- The report also identified 250 smuggling ‘hotspots’ along migrant routes
Europe faces an ‘increased risk’ from terrorists due to the migrant crisis, Interpol warned yesterday.
The international crime-fighting agency said migrant numbers are likely to top the 1 million who entered Europe last year, despite desperate efforts by the EU, adding extremist groups were making ‘opportunistic use of migrant smuggling networks’.
The report found criminal gangs made £4 billion from smuggling migrants into Europe last year and will continue to thrive, with 800,000 migrants in Libya alone now ‘waiting to travel to the EU’.
It comes as French police said yesterday they had broken up a smuggling network using yachts to bring migrants to Britain after finding seven Ukrainians hidden on a boat on the coast of Brittany in France. Two skippers and three suspected smugglers were detained on Friday.
Interpol’s report was jointly written with the Europol crime agency, whose director Rob Wainwright said another attack inspired by Islamic State is ‘almost certain’.
Nine out of 10 migrants who entered the EU in 2015 relied on people smuggling networks according to the report.