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Huge role played by organized crime in migration crisis, says Europol´s Director.

Director of EUROPOL Mr. Rob Wainwright

Director of EUROPOL Mr. Rob Wainwright

report on Migrant Smuggling Networks issued yesterday  by Europol underlines that European law enforcement agencies require a much better picture of the activities of migrant smuggling networks operating across Europe.

It describes the huge role played by organized crime networks in the migration crisis and sends a clear message to the EU and its Member States that we must combat these networks in the strongest possible terms,” said Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol.

In 2015, in view of a stark increase in the number of investigations initiated on migrant smuggling, the European Police Agency have been confronted with a considerable increase in the number of requests for operational support since the beginning of the migration crisis.