Joint Action Day Dual

Coordinated by Frontex and co-led by Austria and Germany, focused on counteracting the facilitation of illegal immigration done by means of clandestine entries within trucks, cargo trains and containers, combined with smuggling of excise goods. A coordination centre was set up in Joint Operational Office Vienna to bring together liaison officers from EU Member States, Third Country and EU Agencies dealing with migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings and to support investigations. Customs authorities from 4 EU Member States joined efforts with police and border guards on national level.

Crime areas: Facilitation of illegal immigration, excise fraud

Key operational outcome: 24 suspected people smugglers were arrested, 761 irregular migrants were detected and 119 people were refused entry. Authorities also recovered 19 stolen vehicles. During the operation smuggled cigarettes, alcohol and drugs were also detected, along with weapons and ammunition. Cross-checks against the databases generated nearly 170 hits. The intelligence collected during JAD Dual allowed to initiate 11 new and support 13 on-going investigations into criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling.

Europol's contribution: Mobile Offices deployed in Austria and Germany; analytical on-the-spot support.

Participants: AT, BG, CZ, DE, HU, HR, PL, RO, SI, SK, MK, RS, Frontex, Europol and INTERPOL.