NGOs and academics give evidence on migrant smuggling
22 July 2015
On Wednesday 22 July, the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, in its second evidence session of its inquiry into the EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling, questions Human Rights organisations and academics on the current migration crisis facing the EU.
- Parliament TV: Watch the evidence session
- Inquiry: EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling
- EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee
Wednesday 22 July, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
- David Mepham, UK Director, Human Rights Watch
- Steven Symonds, Co-Director, Refugee and Migrants Rights programme, Amnesty International
- Elizabeth Collet, Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe
- Franck Düvell, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, COMPAS, University of Oxford
The Committee will ask NGOs:
- Can action against migrant smuggling contribute to addressing the root causes of irregular migration?
- Does the existing international framework strike the right balance between immigration control and refugee protection?
- The third objective of the Action Plan is "enhanced prevention of smuggling and assistance to vulnerable migrants". Does it suggest the correct measures to achieve this objective?
- In what ways should the approach taken to tackle migrant smuggling differ from that aiming to prevent human trafficking?
The Committee will then ask academics:
- What are the root causes of irregular migration to the EU?
- Do you agree with the Government that the majority of irregular migrants reaching the EU are economic migrants rather than refugees?
- Are the measures suggested in the Action Plan likely to deter smugglers?
- Is there potential for enhanced cooperation throughout the EU in the gathering and analysing of data on migrant smuggling?
- Does migrant smuggling practice differ across the EU regarding the variety of actors involved; source and destination countries and routes and methods of transport used? In light of these many facets, is it feasible to reach a common approach against migrant smuggling at EU level?