What the Essex case tells us about the current state of migrant smuggling from Europe into the UK

“The devastating events of last month in Essex involving the deaths of 39 people traveling in the back of a lorry have generated an onslaught of commentary concerning the current state of migrant smuggling from Europe into the UK. Most of this reporting has justifiably focused on the people who died and the impact of their loss on their families. Many academics and policy experts have also spoken at length about the deaths in the context of border security and immigration controls, poignantly articulating how clandestine travel often constitutes the only option available to those with no other legal, safe or dignified paths to travel.”

In her latest post for the MPC Blog, Gabriella Sanchez analyses what Essex’s events tells us about the state of migrant smuggling from Europe into the UK.