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Migrant surge into EU refines people-smuggling

Friday, May 15, 2015

Significance

In 2014, more than 280,000 illegal migrants were detected at EU borders, according to the European border agency Frontex. The record numbers raise concerns ranging from the threat of members of jihadi groups hiding among the migrants, to criminal networks operating across the Sahel and the Maghreb, and the challenge of accommodating increasing numbers of Syrian or sub-Saharan African asylum seekers.

Impacts

  • Growing professionalisation of smuggling networks will ensure continued high rates of illicit migration to Europe.
  • As illegal migrant populations grow, they place a heavier burden on communities -- usually in the poorest zones of European countries.
  • This may increase resentment against migrants and cause social tension and violence.
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