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EP Official Urges Turkey to Tighten Measures Against Human Smugglers

© AP Photo / Murad SezerFlags of Turkey, left, and the European Union fly over the dome of a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Flags of Turkey, left, and the European Union fly over the dome of a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey - Sputnik International
European Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume on Wednesday called on Ankara to strengthen financial measures to tackle human smuggling.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "This crisis has created a new business sector, a network… Some people are earning money from deaths…Financial inspection, also in regards to tax paying, is a must," Guillaume said, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily newspaper.

She added that financial surveillance and inspection mechanisms should be implemented in order to reach people, who lead the illegal activity and not focus on ordinary offenders.

Currently, the European Union is struggling to find a solution to a massive migrant crisis as thousands of hundreds of individuals seek asylum there. Over 1.83 million illegal border crossings were detected by the EU border agency Frontex in 2015. Turkey serves as a major route for migrants fleeing crisis-torn countries in the Middle East to enter Europe via Greece before continuing through the Balkans to central Europe.

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