From today, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee will be performing more intensive MTV checks

From today, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee will be performing more intensive Mobile Security Monitoring checks (Mobiel Toezicht Veiligheid, MTV). This was announced by Minister for Migration Dijkhoff. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee will shift the checks, which are currently performed on the side of the road, to the road itself. It will do so by means of speed-restricting measures. That was the outcome of a consultation between Minister for Migration Dijkhoff and the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Harry van den Brink.

From today, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee will be performing more intensive MTV checks. In doing so, it will use speed-restricting measures. This will make it possible to check more road users entering the Netherlands. This also means that road users might experience some hindrance. MTV checks are used to track down people smugglers, as well as to map migration flows. The Marechaussee performs the MTV checks on the basis of risk analyses. In doing so, it is supported by other branches of Defence and partners such as customs.

The number of arrests for people smuggling during MTV checks rose to 32 in January. Earlier on, it became known that the number of arrests during MTV checks increased from an average of 14 to an average of 23 per month since the checks have been intensified in September 2015. In 2015, the Marechaussee made 330 arrests on suspicion of people smuggling. Approximately 200 of these arrests were performed during MTV checks.

The fight against people smuggling is a priority of this government. Earlier on, Minister Van der Steur and Minister for Migration Dijkhoff announced that the prison sentence for people smuggling will be increased. The proposal is before the Lower House of Parliament. By increasing the sentence, Minister Van der Steur and Minister for Migration Dijkhoff want better take into account the severity of the offence.