The EU on Thursday urged China to clamp down on sales of inflatable dinghies arguing that trafficking gangs use the crafts to carry migrants on dangerous journeys which so far has resulted to thousands of deaths, the Gateway Pundit reports.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU commissioner for migration told reporters in Beijing, “The rubber boats used by the smuggler networks in the Mediterranean are fabricated somewhere in China.”
Avramopoulos said he had requested Chinese officials to track down this business and dismantle it.
Traffickers normally pack desperate migrants into hundreds of the boats and setting them adrift on Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.
Last year, Italy’s coastguard vessels recovered over a thousand such cheap rafts, each carrying an average of 122 people.
Since 2015, around 1.4 million refugees and migrants have entered Europe – the biggest migration in the continent since the Second World War – and many are people who have escaped from Syria’s bloody civil war.