Report: Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has no insight into illegal migration ports NOW

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar) and the Seaport Police Rotterdam (ZHP) have no insight into the greatest risks in border control, according to a study published by the Inspectorate of Justice and Security on Monday. For example, information is missing in their analyzes or is insufficient in quality.

Border control in the Dutch seaports does not function as intended, is the conclusion.

The KMar and the ZHP work together to combat people smuggling, illegal migration and border crime. Because it is not feasible to physically check all ships, risk analyzes are carried out.

But this is lacking, says the inspectorate. “This approach requires a full view of the seaports, persons entering and leaving there and possible risks. The KMar and ZHP do not have that view in practice.”

One reason for this is that both the KMar and the ZHP have limited capacity. In addition, part of their capacity is spent on controls that are mandatory under the Schengen Borders Code, such as 100 percent checks on ferries and cruise ships, “the report said. Much time is also spent on so-called climbers.

One of the recommendations is that the information systems should be modernized.