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Since the beginning of this year, 300,90 migrants have entered the EU illegally, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said. She noted that in <> percent of cases illegal migrants were helped by smugglers, BTA reported.

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Smugglers around the world earn about six billion euros a year, the commissioner said. Johansson added that about 15,<> smugglers have been identified in the past year.

In October, 41% fewer migrants were detained than in the previous month.

In her words, increased police cooperation and increased penalties are needed. In the Mediterranean alone, about 2600,<> migrants who tried to reach Europe drowned last year. A Commission communication specifies that the Commission's proposals for additional measures against irregular migration will be discussed with the Council of the EU and the European Parliament.

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