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UK, Türkiye 'step up joint operations' targeting human trafficking gangs' tactics, British premier s

UK and Türkiye are “stepping up joint operations” to target human trafficking tactics across Europe, the British prime minister said Wednesday.

Responding to a question at the House of Commons about the supply chain of small boats, often referred as dinghies, Rishi Sunak said everything must be done “to stop the boats and tackle illegal migration.”

“We know that the export of small boats across parts of the European continent is a vital element of the smuggling gangs’ tactics. And that's why specifically we are stepping up joint operations with Türkiye,” he said.

Sunak said he had raised this issue with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “when we spoke so that we can tackle organized immigration crime and specifically disrupt the supply chain of both parts that are used for these dangerous crossings.”

The Channel crossings to the UK from French coasts have been on the spotlight as the numbers of migrants entering the country has steadily risen for the past years.

More than 870 migrants were detected crossing the English Channel via small boats last Saturday, a record number on a single day so far in 2023, the UK Home Office said on Sunday.

A total of 872 people in 15 small boats crossed the Channel on Saturday, breaking the previous single-day record on Aug. 10, when 756 migrants were detected.


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