EUROPOL Releases 5th Annual Report on European Migrants Smuggling

Trafficking in human beings (THB) is a core activity of serious and organised crime in the EU and is set to remain a threat to the EU for the near future, with victims exploited by criminal networks originating from all over the word. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that global crises do not significantly disrupt migration flows.

Criminal networks have continued to thrive, displaying a high degree of adaptability and as such, Europol’s operational support and services have been increasingly requested, despite the challenges in providing on-the-spot support.

In its 5th annual report for the European Migrant Smuggling Centre, Europol provides an overview of recent activities and looks ahead at expected challenges.