Migrant Smuggling

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants: News, Events and Publications
  • 29/06/2010
    Trafficking in Persons to Europe for Sexual Exploitation
  • 29/06/2010
    Spain joins campaign against human trafficking

    Photo:UNODCSpain is the first European country to join the Blue Heart Campaign, just as a new UNODC report shows that trafficking in persons is one of the most lucrative illicit businesses in Europe. According to the report, criminal groups are making around €2.5 billion per year through sexual exploitation and forced labour.

  • 28/06/2010
    UNODC announces the launch of the Needs Assessment Toolkit on the Criminal Justice Response to Human Trafficking

    UNODC, in the framework of the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) has developed the Needs Assessment Toolkit on the Criminal Justice Response to Human Trafficking.

    The main objective of the toolkit is to guide the assessors in gathering and analyzing information pertaining to a country's criminal justice response to human trafficking. More specifically, it aims to assist governments, the civil society, the international community and other relevant actors to conduct a comprehensive or specific assessment of selected aspects of a country's criminal justice response to trafficking in persons.

    Read more here.

  • 25/06/2010
    High level experts from origin, transit and destination countries gather in Vienna to enhance the capacity to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants

    From 21 June to 25 June 2010, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) that brought together over twenty law enforcement and criminal justice practitioners to further elaborate an In-depth Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling.

    The EGM was conducted at UNODC's Headquarters in Vienna. The meeting was made possible through funding received from the European Union.

    Experts came from various regions including West and South Africa, South Asia and the Pacific, Western and Eastern Europe, North, Central and South America, guaranteeing representation from various legal systems and from origin, transit and destination countries.

  • 17/06/2010
    International criminal markets have become major centres of power, UNODC report shows

    Photo: UNODCA report released today by UNODC shows how organized crime has globalized and turned into one of the world's foremost economic and armed powers. The Globalization of Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment, released at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, looks at major trafficking flows of drugs (cocaine and heroin), firearms, counterfeit products, stolen natural resources and people, as well as smuggled migrants. It also covers maritime piracy and cybercrime.

  • 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.