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Europol proposals on combating migrant smuggling: interoperability, "law enforcement-led response", "data fusion", deployments in African states
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"At the COSI meeting of 26 June 2018, Europol presented the activity report of the European migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC). During the subsequent thematic discussion on migrant smuggling, Europol was requested to prepare a short presentation with proposals how to further strengthen the fight against migrant smuggling. This presentation was made at the informal COSI meeting in Vienna on 2 July 2018."

See: Note from Europol to Member States: Proposals to further strengthen the fight against migrant smuggling (10944/18, LIMITE, 6 July 2018, pdf)

The document makes proposals concerning:

1. A strategic interoperability roadmap for JHA Agencies' support to migration efforts

2. Law enforcement-led response: disrupting the criminal networks

3. Enhanced focus on secondary movements

4. Direct link between front-line information and Europol analysis

5. Full intelligence picture by data fusion

6. Joint Liaison Task Force on migrant smuggling at Europol

7. Coordination and support of regional operational rooms on migration

8. Europol embedment in future disembarkation platforms

9. Europol liaison officers in MENA (and Sahel) countries

10. Exchange of operational information with third countries

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