ATHENS, Greece – The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
French police have dismantled two suspected smuggling networks in a makeshift migrant camp near Dunkirk with a reputation for harboring people smuggling.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday that 10 people were in custody, among them suspected smugglers, after raids over the past two days at the Grande-Synthe camp.
Local media have reported two recent non-fatal shootings in the camp.
In 2015, 28 smuggling networks were dismantled in the Calais region — double the previous year, the Interior Ministry statement said, adding that 251 networks were dismantled nationally.
Up to 1,500 migrants, most trying to get to Britain, are currently in the squalid Grande-Synthe camp, east of Calais, where about 4,000 travelers stay.
At the initiative of Doctors Without Borders, the Grande-Synthe camp is being transferred shortly to another spot.
The Greek government says it has completed work on most of the migrant facilities it has promised its European Union partners to deliver.
But Defense Minister Panos Kammenos says the centers might not have to function to their full capacity of 24,000 people because an agreement to involve NATO in policing Greece's sea border with Turkey will "end the immigration problem."
Greece is the main gateway for people from the Middle East, Asia and Africa seeking a better life in Europe. About 77,000 people have reached the country's eastern islands this year from nearby Turkey, paying smugglers for a berth on frail boats.
Government officials said Tuesday that four of five promised reception and screening centers on the islands are now functional, and the last will be ready in days.