The Challenge:

Within Southeast Asia, irregular migration is mainly driven by economic disparities. Even though borders are porous, UNODC estimates that over 80% of irregular migrants rely on smugglers. Around half a million migrants mainly from Myanmar (but also from Cambodia and Lao PDR) are estimated to be smuggled to Thailand each year. Fees for smuggling services are low, ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, meaning it is often cheaper to use smuggling services than regular labour migration systems.

What we do:

UNODC enhances the capacity of law enforcement agencies to effectively identify professional smuggling networks and combat the smuggling of migrants.
   
 
     
 
     

Find out how UNODC enhances the capacity of Member States to effectively identify professional smuggling networks and combat the smuggling of migrants. [Read more]

 

Click here to access our latest publications, reports, research and other updates on our work on combatting the smuggling of migrants. [Read more]

 
     

Benjamin Smith
Regional Programme Coordinator
Human Trafficking/Smuggling of Migrants
(+66-2) 288-1415
benjamin.smith@unodc.org
@Benjaminsmithis
 

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