From file: The gang operated an officially registered company which pretended to provide foreign workers to  Czech companies. Archive/ Czech police officer
From file: A soldier of Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) patrols along a new barbed wire fence on the state border with Belarus in Kraslava region, Latvia | Photo: ARCHIVE/ EPA/VALDA KALNINA
A suspected migrant smuggler, with his back to camera, looks on as Hungarian police arrest a man involved in a car chase and fire fight on November 14, 2022 | Photo: picture alliance /
Arrival of rescued migrants at the port of Catania, they were on board a fishing boat that had gone adrift, 31 August, 2022 | Photo: ANSAmed
Operation against an alleged smuggler who had been transporting migrants in a van near Udine in Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/SIMONE MODUGNO
Hungary came under heavy criticism for pushing asylum seekers back to Serbia | Photo: Picture-alliance
Two refugees warm up over a makeshift fire after rainfall, while waiting to be allowed to cross the border into North Macedonia at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni | Photo: Picture-alliance/AP Photo/P.Giannakouris
Brussels already has the Belarusian carrier Belavia in its sights for sanctions | Photo: Wolfgang Minich/picture-alliance
An abandoned life jacket in the Aegean Sea in 2016 | Photo: Picture-alliance/AP Photo/L.Pitarakis
Bihac in Bosnia was reportedly the logistic hub from where the smugglers operated. Photo from file: Migrants outside an abandoned factory in Bihac on January 10, 2021 | Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters
A baby just a few months old was among 11 people discovered on Sunday hiding in a freight train | Photo copyright: Bundespolizei
Irregular migration into Italy from North Africa has increased again in 2021 | Photo: Getty Images (via DW)