Norway's Enova hands $114mn for hydrogen production    Gold prices in Egypt on June 29    World Bank to provide Egypt $500 million to enhance food security – minister    Saudi citizens could enter Schengen countries visa-free    Egypt's Petrojet returns to Libyan oil sector after 11 years    Cemex, VeryNile sign deal for Egypt's Nile River    NATO remarks Egypt's role in maintaining stability in Middle East and Africa    Congo needs Egypt's expertise to diversify its economy – FPI official    Dostarlimab drug cures rectal cancer patient 100%, trials show    Egypt: A royal train turns into a new tourism attraction    Conclusions and Recommendations of the 1st edition of Africa Health ExCon    For the first time John Legend to perform in Egypt    Egypt discovers newly treasure trove of ancient artifacts at Saqqara Necropolis    Noura Al-Mutair – first Gulf female boxer in World Championships    Liverpool fans: "You'll Never Walk Alone" to Cristiano Ronaldo    Egypt to play key role in integrating water, climate issues globally – World Bank official    Egypt's telecoms regulator announces working hours for holy month of Ramadan    Maha karara joins AAIB as Head of Corporate Communications, Sustainability    Egypt works on charting cooperation strategies with international institutions for 5 years: Al-Mashat    Over 2.4 million newborns examined for hearing impairment: Health Ministry    Netflix releases trailer of Arab adaption of 'Perfect Strangers' film    Balqees to headline concert celebrating launch of streaming giant LIVENow in MENA    Sawsan Badr to be honoured at Aswan Women Film Festival    MP Abdel Hady Al-Qasby calls government to facilitate and support NGOs    Al-Sisi follows up on 'Great Transfiguration Project' in St. Catherine    Cairo, London stress need to strengthen cooperation to face climate change    Foreigners account for 22.6% of Egypt's T-bills issuances in 1H 2021: CBE    Egypt's ambassador to Italy passes away    Egypt confirms readiness to help African countries face terrorism and extremism    An estimated 235 million people needed humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an increase of 40% compared to 2020: IOM Egypt    Egypt, DRC discuss water cooperation during WYF    Egypt, DR Congo discuss boosting bilateral cooperation during WYF    Cameroonian police probe assault on three Algerian journalists covering AFCON    Pharaohs start AFCON 2021 campaign with fierce clash against Nigeria    Foreign Ministry opens capacity building course for French-speaking African diplomats    Egypt's trade with Nile basin countries climbs 26% y-o-y in 9 months    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Clamp-down on people smugglers
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 15 - 11 - 2016

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi last week ratified a new law to curb illegal migration and crack down on human smuggling amid a hike in the number of migrants departing Egypt for Europe. The law was approved by parliament in October.
People smuggling networks have placed thousands of migrants on boats leaving from Egypt's North Coast to head for southern Europe.
In September a boat thought to be carrying up to 450 people capsized off the coast. A total of 202 bodies were recovered from the sea and 169 migrants rescued. In June 320 migrants drowned off the Greek island of Crete. Survivors of the calamity said their boat departed from Egypt.
In a recent hearing before the Italian Parliament Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, head of the European mission EUNAVFOR MED, said ten per cent of migrants arriving in Italy set sail from Egypt.
Migrant traffic from Egypt, which had been diminishing, increased last spring following the signing of the EU-Turkey migrant accord.
Under the new law a national committee is to be set up to spearhead attempts to combat people smuggling and administer a fund providing financial aid to the victims of trafficking. Anyone convicted of smuggling migrants or acting as brokers will face stiffer prison sentences and fines, and actions to facilitate migrants' journeys – including providing shelter - have now been criminalised. The victims of trafficking are not penalised, and the new law obliges the authorities to provide temporary shelter and medical support for illegal immigrants.
The government consulted the International Organisation on Migration, the EU Commission for Migration and other international bodies while preparing the law to ensure it did not violate international treaties and agreements to which Egypt is a signatory.
On Monday Al-Sisi met with Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration. Avramopoulos also met with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri to discuss security and migration.
He told Al-Ahram daily that Egypt remains a major country of origin and transit for migrants and refugees, many of whom reach Europe through irregular channels. He stressed that Egypt and the European Union are partners and need to develop their cooperation over both migration and security. Cairo, he said, plays a crucial role in ensuring regional stability and strengthening Arab-European ties.
“I believe it is in our common interest to discuss and identify the most appropriate way to prevent the use of these irregular channels and improve the management of the overall flows by addressing, in a balanced and comprehensive manner, all the issues at stake,” said Avramopoulos.
Avramopoulos pointed continuing violence and instability in Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria as the reasons behind the growth in illegal migration from Egypt.

Clic here to read the story from its source.