On 27 July 2020, the Government approved the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Smuggling of Persons) Bill 2020 and its submission for pre-legislative scrutiny. The Scheme is now with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel for drafting.
This Bill is intended to implement three international legal instruments in the area of people smuggling:
- EU Council Directive 2002/90/EC defining the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence;
- EU Framework Decision 2002/946/JHA on the strengthening of the penal framework to prevent the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence; and
- UN Protocol against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, adopted in November 2000.