The head of the International Organization for Migration’s mission in Portugal said this Friday that the Alentejo immigrant trafficking network, dismantled this week by the judicial police, did not surprise the organization, which has been following this reality for two years.
PJ detains 35 people on suspicion of human trafficking in a network that exploited hundreds of immigrants in the Alentejo.
These criminal investigations that are taking place in the Alentejo are nothing new for the International Organization for Migration. [OIM]🇧🇷 In fact, over the past two years, we have warned several times about this reality, not only for Portugal, but also for many other countries,” Vasco Malta said in statements to Lusa.
For the head of IOM, the way to prevent these types of networks from developing and keeping emigrants out of their hands “is to ensure that people don’t have to resort to intermediaries to carry out their migration process,” no matter what your nationality is.
It means that the migration process must be quick and transparent from the origin of the migrant to the arrival in the country of destinationdefended.
Concluding that all networks have the same behavior: “Promising and attracting migrants with some well-paid job, in addition to charging a certain amount to be paid from the salary or part of the salary of the person arriving in the country for work”, then there is “an ongoing study of the need” of people for “better housing”.
To make the migration process faster and safer, Vasco Malta believes that there should be faster ways for a migrant to apply for a visa while still in the country of origin.
The hypothesis of creating collaborative visa application processes should also be explored, such as when a company wants to hire multiple people in the same country, and partnerships between private and public institutions should be established to ensure that there is a “channel” between them. open communication”, in addition to the interaction and interaction of the Institute for Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP) with similar institutions in other countries.
It remains important for the head of IOM that dissemination of information” prior to the departure of the migrant and upon arrival in the country of destination. Reliable information that explains the realities that expats will face where they intend to work and live.
For this reason, IOM “works within the framework of a project on labor migration to ensure the existence of legal migration mechanisms that, on the one hand, meet the needs of the labor market, and on the other hand, also protect the rights of migrant workers,” he added.
If there are no fast, transparent and effective mechanisms, migration, which is an unstoppable phenomenon, will occur through illegal channels, leaving migrants in a situation of extreme vulnerability and violation of their rights,” he stressed.
On Wednesday, the Judicial Police (PJ) arrested 35 people belonging to a criminal network that hired foreign agricultural workers in Baixo Alentejo, a police source confirmed to Lusa.
The network was formed by foreigners, namely Romanian families and some Portuguese, who gave them support.
“Several dozen victims of Romanian, Moldovan, Moroccan, Pakistani and Senegalese ethnicity were recruited for agricultural research in Beja, Cuba and Ferreira do Alentejo, among other places,” he added.
This JV investigation began about a year ago and focused on the recruitment of foreign workers by this criminal network with the promise of work and housing.