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2 Dec 2023

EU Admits Migrant Smuggling at Record Profitability and Lethality

The European Commission, with Ursula von der Leyen at the helm, acknowledged the unprecedented profitability and danger of migrant smuggling operations. Despite a decade of policies, including a 2015 action plan, efforts to curb the trade have not reduced smugglers' historic profits. Europol's internal report indicates a rise in demand for smuggling services, propelled by increased push factors and technical obstacles such as border walls and surveillance technologies. [Source](https://euobserver.com/migration/157751)