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Report: EU operation in Mediterranean fails to overturn human trafficking

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The European Union operation Sophia, which starting from 2015 is conducted in the Mediterranean, has not managed to bring tangible results in reducing human trafficking from Libya to Italy, it has been found in a report.

A report by a British parliamentary committee has concluded that «the arrests made to date have been of low-level targets, while the destruction of vessels has simply caused the smugglers to shift from using wooden boats to rubber dinghies, which are even more unsafe».

In the wake of a series of disasters in which hundreds of migrants drowned while trying to cross the sea from Libya to Italy, Brussels authorised in 2015 member state ships to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for people smuggling.

BBC quotes the report as stating «there is therefore little prospect of Operation Sophia overturning the business model of people smuggling».

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