The Pakistani ambassador to Greece wrote a letter to the Overseas Workplace (FO) earlier this month, detailing the dire state of Pakistani human trafficking victims in Greece and in search of pressing consideration of the federal government to curtail the disaster-like state of affairs, it emerged on Wednesday.
Based on paperwork acquired by DawnNews, Ambassador Khalid Usman Qaiser in his message to Islamabad dated January 9, 2018 disclosed that he had dispatched our bodies of 20 Pakistanis who died whereas making an attempt to enter different European nations by way of Greece final month alone. Moreover, the our bodies of three lacking Pakistanis are being situated.
He stated the “unchecked” smuggling of individuals, particularly from the Punjab districts of Gujrat, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin and Sialkot is “hurting Pakistan throughout”.
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With Greece dealing with an financial disaster and unemployment as excessive as forty per cent, Pakistani immigrants haven’t any prospects of shifting to mainland Europe both because the European Union has shut its door to financial migrants, the envoy stated.
In these circumstances, Pakistani unlawful immigrants find yourself in detention centres in Greece, whereas some apply for an asylum. Jobless and penniless, they’re then “trapped by criminals”, who promise them entry to different EU nations. However lots of them perish on the best way, Qaiser wrote.
The ambassador revealed that the human trafficking victims typically resort to varied crimes, whereas Pakistani teenaged boys and middleaged ladies “have develop into intercourse staff and search for shoppers each night in public locations”.
Some younger males who want to return to Pakistan usually are not deported by the Worldwide Organisation for Migration (IOM) as a result of they’re underage underneath EU legal guidelines, he stated, including that such hapless migrants then turn into a legal responsibility for the Pakistan embassy.
The envoy advised the FO that whereas he’s making efforts to deal with the difficulty regionally, the “faucet needs to be closed at your finish”. He urged the inside ministry to take instant steps to curb human trafficking as the difficulty is “turning into unmanageable”.
Days after receiving the envoy’s plea, the FO in a letter requested the inside ministry to research the matter on precedence foundation. It stated the difficulty of human smuggling, particularly youngsters, is a “critical and delicate” matter which may injury Pakistan’s picture in addition to its relations with the EU.
“If not successfully addressed… the difficulty can have [a] damaging bearing on the GSP Plus facility, granted to Pakistan by the European Union,” it wrote.
Hundreds of Pakistanis fleeing poverty, unemployment and regulation and order issues have been trying to illegally enter Europe.
Yearly, hundreds of Pakistan make abortive makes an attempt to enter Greece by way of Iran and Turkey for higher working alternatives. Most of them are arrested in Iran and Turkey and despatched again.
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