Ukranian citizens charged with facilitating irregular migration
Four Ukrainian men have been charged with facilitating irregular migration and are due to appear at London’s Blackfriars Crown Court on 14 November 2017.
Crew members were arrested following the vessel’s arrival in Southwold, the UK.
The yacht is alleged to have sailed across the North Sea from the Netherlands.
Officers from Border Force and the National Crime Agency were patrolling the waters and boarded the yacht soon after it arrived.
Two suspected crew members were arrested following the incident alongside nine migrants.
As stated by the NCA two drivers and 10 other migrants were also arrested after vehicles heading towards Ipswich were stopped by officers from Suffolk police.
The group of 19 migrants, consisting of both men and women, were detained by the Government’s immigration enforcement agency.
The problem of facilitation of irregular migration poses a real threat to national security as well as to general wellbeing of people, and therefore must be tackled in close collaboration between nation states, international organizations, civil society and law enforcement agencies.