Positive action to stop the boats: a new agreement with Turkey
Today the British and Turkish governments announced a new agreement to disrupt and dismantle people smuggling gangs and the supply of small boats, as we work with our international partners to stop the boats.
- Hundreds of unseaworthy small boats and engines are transported through Europe each year for the purpose of illegal migration and Turkey has been identified as a key hub for smuggling gangs, with vessels used to cross the Channel manufactured there.
- That is why we have entered a new agreement with Turkey to share more intelligence on the gangs known to be operating across Europe. We will also establish new headquarters in Turkey so that National Crime Agency and Home Office intelligence personnel will work alongside their Turkish counterparts for the first time.
- Each consignment is a death trap; each seizure is an opportunity to save lives, end the human misery, and stop illegal migrants reaching our shores – we will continue our work to deliver on the Prime Minister’s priority to stop the boats.