Migrant Smuggling

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants: News, Events and Publications
  • 10/06/2010
    Global Review and Annoted Bibiliography

    Migrant smuggling has been an issue of increasing concern. The negative consequences of this type of transnational crime include the erosion of state sovereignty and the loss of control over who enters and leaves the territory, the potential security implications of clandestine entries and document smuggling, the large profits that accrue to human smugglers and organized criminal groups, the increasingly brutal treatment of migrants by careless smugglers leading to a growing number of deaths by drowning, dehydration, freezing or suffocation, and the high smuggling fees that migrants have to pay for the illegal transfer to destination countries, often leading to high debts for smuggled migrants and making them vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking.

    Despite the fact that migrant smuggling has attracted great media and political attention over the last two decades, there has not been any comprehensive analysis of the state of expert knowledge. Great confusion still prevails about what is migrant smuggling within the global context of irregular migration.

  • 01/06/2010
    UNODC-CBSS Joint Report launched

    On the 31 st May 2010 UNODC and the Council of the Baltic Sea States Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB) successfully completed the joint "Regional Project on Fostering Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) - Law Enforcement Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in, from and to the Baltic Sea Region."

    Read more here.

  • 27/05/2010
    Anti-migrant smuggling capacity building workshop in burkina faso

    Capacity building workshop for magistrates and law enforcement officers on investigating and prosecuting Smuggling of Migrants delivered under IMPACT Programme

    UNODC in cooperation with the Ministries of Justice of Burkina Faso and OCRIEST - the French law enforcement body responsible for investigating migrant smuggling - delivered a two-day training course on migrant smuggling in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.

    Read more here.

  • 19/05/2010
    What do we know about the involvement of organized crime in trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants? An update.

    In May 2010, senior experts met to discuss the study conducted by UNODC in partnership with the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (Ghent University), on the involvement of organized crime, trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants.

    UNODC organized a panel discussion in the margins of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Experts from research institutes, national authorities and UNODC linked their experience to the results of the study. They also presented their views on various avenues to pursue, to continue researching those links between organized crime, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

    The discussion was led by a panel composed of...

  • 19/05/2010
    What do we know about the involvement of transnational organized crime in trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants? An update.

    In May 2010, senior experts met to discuss the study conducted by UNODC in partnership with the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (Ghent University), on the involvement of organized crime, trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants. UNODC organized a panel discussion in the margins of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

    Read more and view the panel discussion here.

  • 02/04/2010
    Issue Paper: Migrant Smuggling by Air
  • 01/04/2010
    Issue Paper: A Short Introduction to Migrant Smuggling (2010)
  • 01/04/2010
    Parliamentarians unite against organized crime
  • 23/03/2010
    Arab Initiative

    22 to 23 March 2010

    The Arab Initiative for building national capacities for combating human trafficking launched in Doha, Qatar

    The Arab Initiative to combat human trafficking was launched during the Doha Foundation Forum 2010, a regional conference aimed at consulting and exchanging views from relevant stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa region and building political consensus for future regional action against human trafficking. The Arab Initiative aims to build national capacities for the 22 Arab League States to effectively prevent and combat human trafficking. The main partners of the project are the Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking (QFCHT), the League of Arab States and UNODC.

    Read more here.

  • 25/02/2010
    Training Workshop on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling

    From 22 to 25 February 2010 in Abuja, Nigeria, UNODC held a Sub-Regional Training Workshop on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling, to test the UNODC Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling. The training manual is the product of a broad participatory process that involved experts from the field of law enforcement and prosecution from several regions around the world including North and West Africa. To read more about the process of elaborating the Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling, click here.

  • 04/02/2010
    New United Nations stamps feature human trafficking theme

    Photo:UNODC

    4 February 2010 - The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued new stamps based on the human trafficking theme. The stamps are on sale from 5 February, and are available online, as well as at the UNPA offices in Geneva, New York and Vienna.

  • 29/01/2010
    Joining Forces to Stem a Deadly Busines: Migrant Smuggling by Sea

    UNODC jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, organized a regional conference on transnational organized crime - particularly migrant smugging by sea - from 26 to 29 January 2010 in Athens, Greece. The purpose of the conference was to strengthen and foster law enforcement cooperation and thereby enhance the capacities of authorities responsible for combating the smuggling of migrants by sea in the Mediterranean region.

    55 participants from 17 countries and 5 regional and international organizations. The participants, experienced practitioners from law enforcement and prosecution working in the field of investigating and prosecution of migrant smuggling and international cooperation in criminal justice matters, shared their experience and best practices on:

    • smuggling of migrants using maritime routes and effective counter measures,
    • witness protection,
    • targeted investigative techniques - developing intelligence-led response, and
    • strengthening institutional capacities to combat the smuggling of migrants
  • 28/01/2010
    Side event to the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons: UNODC Technical Assistance Briefing

    In the margins of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, UNODC hosted a side event to brief delegates on the technical assistance UNODC offers to States parties in combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

    Read more here.

  • 27/01/2010
    Capacity Building Workshop for Magistrates and Law Enforcement Officers on Transnational Organized Crime

    The Impact Programme aims to assist African states in strengthening their criminal justice response to migrant smuggling, and currently consists of three regional projects that cover North and West Africa.

    In the framework of the Impact Programme UNODC in cooperation Europol, INTERPOL and SOCA elaborated a Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling. Between December 2008 and June 2009, three working meetings were organized in Senegal, Egypt and Nigeria respectively involving investigators and prosecutors from 30 countries, representing both common and civil law countries from Europe, Africa, North America and the Pacific region.

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  • 21/01/2010
    faqs migrant smuggling