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[EU] Malta Today - EU vows to take action against smugglers

4 January 2015

Just days after more than 1,300 migrants were saved by Italian authorities from two derelict vessels abandoned by smugglers in rough seas, EU commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos has said that the EU is planning a new no-holds-barred migration plan intent on fighting human trafficking.

“These events underscore the need for decisive and coordinated EU-wide action. Smugglers are finding new routes to Europe and are employing new methods in order to exploit desperate people who are trying to escape conflict and war.”

“We need to take action against these ruthless, criminal organisations,” Avramopoulos said. 

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