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Europol and UNHCR officials give evidence on migrant smuggling

15 July 2015

On Wednesday 15 July, the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee in its first evidence session of its inquiry into the EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling questions Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, and Andrej Mehecic, UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) on the current migration crisis facing the EU.


Wednesday 15 July, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Andrej Mehecic, Senior External Relations Officer, UNHCR

At 11.30am

  • Rob Wainwright, Director, Europol

Possible Questions

The Committee will ask the UNHCR:

  • Does data collected by the UNHCR shed any light on the root causes of irregular migration to the EU?
  • Can the measures suggested by the EU Action Plan address irregular migration?
  • Is the Action Plan compatible with the international framework on preventing human smuggling?
  • Are Member States doing enough to meet obligation under the existing international framework against migrant smuggling?
  • Does the Action Plan strike the right balance between immigration control and refugee protection?

Questions to Europol may include: 

  • Are the four objectives of the Action Plan against migrant smuggling the right objectives to achieve the Commission's intention to transform migrant smuggling networks into "high-risk, low-return" operations?
  • Does intelligence collected and analysed by Europol shed any light on the root causes of irregular migration?
  • Does Europol have the budget and the capacity to fulfil its role in carrying out the objectives of the Action Plan?
  • What has the Joint Operational Team Mare achieved since its launch in March 2015?

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