Besides the smugglers, how are the illegals being punished for their role?
Yes the smugglers must be confronted, but it takes more than one party to create the demand.
Europol: The coronavirus pandemic is already changing migrant smuggling and trafficking.
In its latest report, Europol has warned that the easing of coronavirus measures may trigger a surge in illegal migration towards Europe.
No kidding, but there is something troubling about this article and how the EU Commission is defining the debate on illegal immigration. Besides the smugglers, how are the illegals being punished for their role?
Yes the smugglers must be confronted, but it takes more than one party to create the demand. There are two missing parts to the equation that adds up to three, not one.
1. Until the illegals are also punished as well by being sent back swiftly to their countries of origin, one will not eradicate the smuggling cartels…it will not even make a dent on this activity. This operation will be futile if the illegals are allowed to stay (the current situation) and the demand for human traffickers will continue to be present.
2. The third party is the EU project itself. Instead of focusing on deportations out of Europe, the EU Commission is launching relocation schemes to distribute the illegals across the EU. Combined with the generous benefits offered by the West EU bloc, this game of migrant ‘musical chairs’ will only encourage more illegals to seek the promised land.
It’s easy to talk about combating the smugglers to try to deceive the public, but the results have been abysmal. Until the illegals are sent a message, based on actions not talk, that they will not be staying in Europe, this vicious cycle will continue year after year.
But quite frankly, the goal of Brussels is not to stop illegal migration but to magically turn it into legal migration.
– According to the report by Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) published on May 15, “Prolonged economic instability and the sustained lack of opportunities in some African economies may trigger another wave of irregular migration towards the EU in the mid-term.”
According to the Europol report, people smugglers also shifted their ways to bring migrants into the continent through illegal means. As air travel has virtually stopped over the past two months and border controls were tightened, smugglers reverted to land and sea routes. Increased arrivals to the Canary Islands, where 87 migrants were rescued over the weekend, illustrate this trend.
“Small boats are increasingly being used to cross river borders,” the authors of the report wrote. What’s more, migrants are also being hidden, not only in “concealed compartments of vehicles” under “life-threatening conditions,” mostly in the western Balkans and the English Channel, but also in freight vehicles and cargo trains that move across borders.
* Australia knew exactly how to stop the smugglers and the demand for illegal migration by sea; on the other hand, the EU Commission does not want to learn.