Smuggling networks cause migrants’ death heading to European countries

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Top European migration officials held an emergency meeting, on Sunday, in the French port of Calais to find ways to counter migrant smuggling.

They focused on smuggling networks, who make from 3,000 to 7,000 euros ($3,400 to $7,900) per journey across the English Channel.

This took place after 27 people drowned trying to cross the English Channel to Britain in an overcrowded boat.

France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said a car with German license tags was seized in connection with the investigation.

“Fighting smugglers is the key to any solution, the EU home affairs commissioner,” Ylva Johansson, tweeted.  

The UK Government’s policies denying safe routes for arrivals is actually feeding the human trafficking trade it seeks to wipe out, according to Robina Qureshi, a prominent campaigners for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers of Scotland.

The UK government and Europe has made it impossible for refugees to legally exercise their human rights to safety because they have blocked off safe routes to sanctuary, Qureshi said.

“The more that governments try to stop refugees arriving, the more they fuel the human trafficking trade and criminality.”

The tragedy that occurred on November 25 is the human cost of this agenda.

The number of migrants trying to cross the channel in small boats has jumped this year; however, the number of migrants arriving in Britain is low compared with other European countries.