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29.09.2021 – European Commission - Renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling (2021-2025)

Preventing and fighting migrant smuggling is a key strategic objective of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum and the EU Security Union Strategy that requires continuous international cooperation and coordination.

Renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling (2021-2025) (715.05 ko)

Building on the progress made by the first EU action plan against migrant smuggling (2015-2020), the Commission working together with the High Representative will:

  • Develop Anti-Smuggling Operational Partnerships with concrete tools as part of comprehensive, balanced, tailor-made and mutually beneficial migration partnerships, further building on trust and mutual cooperation.
  • Further develop all operational, legal, diplomatic and financial tools at the EU's disposal to respond to the instrumentalisation of irregular migration by State actors, including by taking consequential measures in various policy areas i.e. visa, trade, development, financial assistance and others. The partial suspension of the Visa Facilitation Agreement with Belarus, which the Commission is proposing today, is an example of such measures.
  • Improve the implementation of the legal framework for sanctioning smugglers; including through the UN Protocol on Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and, within the EU, the ‘Facilitators package'.
  • Improve the implementation of the legal framework for protection from exploitation; including the Anti-trafficking Directive, Victims' Rights Directive, Residence Permit Directive and the Employers Sanctions Directive.
  • Respond to evolving online practices and tools that facilitate smuggling, through enhanced operational cooperation and information exchange between national authorities and EU agencies.
  • Increase research and data collection for a better understanding of migration trends, the nature and span of criminal networks, the impact of anti-smuggling policies and the ‘modus operandi' of criminal networks.

Source: European Commission

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