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The Minister of Law and Order stresses the need for a strong legal framework to counter migrant smuggling

Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayaka emphasizes the need for strengthening the country's legal framework to counter migrant smuggling. Addressing the commencement of the second phase of the Project titled “RELAY” which is facilitated by Interpol, the Minister said that the absence or inadequacy of legislation to address the issue means that smugglers can continue to operate, with little or no fear of being apprehended. The project was launched by Interpol to deliver training to law enforcement officials, investigators and front-line border units against migrant smuggling. The Minister also said that various connections between immigration officials and smugglers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India leads to dysfunctional immigration screening, allowing migrants to travel without any obstacle despite having incomplete or fraudulent documents. Many international partners and organisations working on the issue agree that the smuggling of migrants is by nature a transnational crime. He added that at the centre of combating migrant smuggling, there is the need to ensure that the laws in the countries involved are harmonized in order to close loopholes in the system.