The Criminal Networks Moving Migrants Refugees Across Europe
In a new report, the European Union’s (EU) law enforcement agency, Europol, estimates that 90 percent of irregular migrants and refugees coming to Europe get there through a criminal network.
These networks involve tens-of-thousands of individuals, many of whom themselves are EU nationals and are able to quickly adapt to shifting market demands.
The EU says it wants to target the smugglers. The Greek Prime Minister says his country, which daily receives thousands of refugees, says he does not want his country to become a “warehouse of souls.”
Demetrios Papademetriou, president of the Migration Policy Institute-Europe, joined us to talk about the report and efforts to hit back at smuggling rings.