FIIAPP leads a new project to set up joint task force to support the fight against trafficking in migrants
The new cooperation project, funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which brings together African states and the European Union to address the root causes of migration, is launched in Mauritania. In this case, Mauritania and the European Union join forces to respond to the shared need to combat human trafficking, migrant smuggling and the management of irregular migration.
The FIIAPP will mobilise specialists from the Spanish National Police to work with Mauritanian security forces, an alliance formalised in a joint operational partnership (POC). This methodology has already been implemented in several countries in the region as joint investigation teams: Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Gambia and Mali.
The presentation ceremony took place in the city of Nouakchott and was attended by the Secretary General of the FIIAPP, the Director of the Spanish National Police, the General of National Security and the Major General of Mauritania, and the EU Ambassador.
The EU ambassador to Mauritania, Gwillyn Jones, stressed that “this intervention is aimed at protecting people vulnerable to smuggling and trafficking. It is up to us to guarantee the rights of migrants, their dignified and respectful treatment”.
Francisco Pardo, director of the Spanich National Police, highlighted the global dimension of security threats and the need to address them from an international perspective. He also referred to the success of previous joint operations that have contributed, in 2020 and 2021, to the dismantling of criminal organisations dedicated to the smuggling of migrants and the consequent release of more than 4,000 people.
In his speech, the Director General of Security, Mesgharou Ould Sidi, stressed that the challenge of irregular migration does not only concern transit countries such as Mauritania, but also destination countries. On the other hand, he said that Mauritania maintains a proactive policy in this field. With actions such as the legislative reform carried out in 2020, which shows the will of the public authorities to tackle this type of crime and protect the rights of the victims.
FIIAPP Secretary General, Inmaculada Zamora, stressed that the agreement will allow the police of both countries to coordinate their actions and to face together the phenomenon of illegal migration, which is a great challenge for all countries in the world. She stressed that this project strengthens cooperation in the areas of investigation, cooperation and exchange of information in the fight against illegal migration.