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Parliamentary questions
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13 November 2014
Question for written answer E-009184-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sophie Montel (NI) , Dominique Bilde (NI) , Florian Philippot (NI) , Mara Bizzotto (NI) , Steeve Briois (NI)

 Subject:  Operation Triton — illegal immigration
 Answer in writing 

On 1 November 2014 the EU launched Operation Triton, a search-and-rescue operation for migrants in the Mediterranean to replace Operation Mare Nostrum. Under the previous operation, 150 000 illegal immigrants were picked up from the sea over the course of a single year and taken to the Italian coastline — i.e. directly into the Schengen Area. How many of them are now living in our cities (e.g. Calais) in precarious circumstances which are untenable in the long-term?

The United Kingdom has announced that it will be opting out of the operation. The British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Lady Joyce Anelay, believes there is ‘an unintended “pull factor”, encouraging more migrants to attempt the dangerous sea crossing and thereby leading to more tragic and unnecessary deaths’.

1. How does the Commission intend to make the systems for combating illegal immigration more efficient when the EU is introducing operations such as Triton which actually encourage illegal immigration and the development of people-smuggling networks?

2. Is it satisfied that its actions are enabling human traffickers to earn large sums of money?

Original language of question: FR 
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