An estimated 800,000 migrants are waiting in Libya to cross into Europe and there is an increased possibility that terrorists will try to cross with them, a report by Interpol and Europol says.

The conclusions of the international policing groups have been seized on by Leave campaigners who want the UK to quit the EU.

The report states: “While a systematic link between migrant smuggling and terrorism is not proven, there is an increased risk that foreign terrorist fighters may use migratory flows to (re)enter the EU.”

The report adds that the closures of some border in response to the migration crisis will lead to more widespread and sophisticated people smuggling operations.

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