Fewer illegal transits to the UK
There has been a fall in the number of illegal immigrants making their way to the UK that have been detained in Belgium
There has been a fall in the number of illegal immigrants making their way to the UK that have been detained in Belgium.
Over the past seven years figures fell by 66%.
Belgium's Immigration Department says that the fall is partly due to the dismantling of a number of important people-trafficking networks.
Last year Belgian police detained 2,500 would-be immigrants making their way to the UK via Belgium.
In 2000 the figure was 8,700.
The illegals were found hiding in trucks and containers.
The police also discovered a large number of safe houses for illegals.
People traffickers have also changed their methods. Illegals are no longer smuggled in large groups.
Today the networks prefer to use ordinary cars and traffic illegals in smaller numbers.
Stiffer penalties for people traffickers have also served as a deterrent.