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National Crime Agency to give evidence on migrant smuggling

9 September 2015

On Wednesday 9 September, the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, in its next evidence session of its inquiry into the EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling, questions the National Crime Agency on the current migration crisis facing the EU.


Wednesday 9 September, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Tom Dowdall, Deputy Director, Border Policing Command, National Crime Agency

Possible Questions

The Committee will ask the NCA:

  • Are the four objectives of the EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling the right ones to achieve the goal of transforming migrant smuggling into a "high-risk, low-return" operations?
  • What role, if any, does the NCA play in putting the measures foreseen in the EU Action Plan into practice?
  • Since the NCA was set up in 2013, have you observed any changes in the scale, nature or patterns of migrant smuggling?
  • Does EU action against migrant smuggling, including the work of EU Agencies, facilitate cooperation between national authorities?
  • Are there gaps in the intelligence available on migrant smuggling?
  • Is the European response to migrant smuggling too heavily focused on border patrol rather than law enforcement elements?
  • What are the main tasks to be carried out by the Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce?

Further information

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