Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) will sit on Sunday with her fellow ministers from France, among others, to see how the fight against human smuggling can be stepped up. That’s what she said on Thursday in Villa Politics.
On Wednesday, 27 migrants were killed in the Channel while trying to cross from France to Britain. Their boat capsized off the coast of Calais in northern France. Authorities say it is the deadliest incident to date involving migrants in the Channel.
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France is organizing a meeting in Calais on Sunday and will invite the competent ministers of the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Belgium in addition to the European Commission. Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) will be present at that consultation, she told Villa Politica from the House on Thursday afternoon. “It is a complex matter because people operate from different countries. That is why debate is also needed at European level.”
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Verlinden speaks of a “drama” and wants to avoid its repetition in the future at all costs. “We will see how we can do everything we can to ensure that such situations do not happen again. We need to disrupt people smugglers as much as possible.”