Europol expects uptick in people smuggling after lifting COVID-19 lockdown

Europol, the European Union’s policing agency, recently warned that the smuggling of migrants, which has slowed considerably during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, may increase with the lifting of lockdown measures and the opening of borders across Europe. 

The EU police agency recently explained in a report that the influx of migrants has decreased due to the lockdown measures put in place by national governments to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Deccan Herald reported

“Softening restrictions on travel and movement will likely increase the movement of Illegal migrants, with or without the help of smugglers,” the agency said.

Europol also pointed out that internal borders closures within the European Union caused smuggling activities of illegal migrants to move from air to land and sea.

“Small ships are increasingly being used to cross the river frontier. Illegals are also secretly admitted by hiding them in freight mechanisms and freight trains that cross the border,” the agency said.

On the other hand, restrictions on movement in Europe may make it difficult to employ seasonal workers in the agricultural sector, thus increasing the demand for illegal immigrants in some areas, according to Europol.

The agency also expressed concern that the closing of brothels in countries that regulate these activities could lead to an increase in sexual exploitation.

The post Europol expects uptick in people smuggling after lifting COVID-19 lockdown appeared first on Voice of Europe.

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