Migrant Smuggling

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants: News, Events and Publications
  • 2013-03-15 11:45:00.0
    Cadre d’action international pour l’application du Protocole relatif au trafic illicite de migrants

    The UNODC International Framework for Action to implement the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol is
    now available in French.

    The Framework for Action is a technical assistance tool that aims to support effective implementation of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United (Smuggling of Migrants Protocol), supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

    The purpose of this tool is to assist Member States and non-state actors in identifying and addressing gaps in their response to migrant smuggling in accordance with international standards. The Framework for Action unpacks provisions of the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol, drawing upon international instruments, political commitments, guidelines and best practices to enable the implementation of a comprehensive response to migrant smuggling.

    Download here.

  • 2012-12-18 09:15:15.0
    International Migrants Day: Working to tackle organized crime and the exploitation of migrants

    Sub-Saharan migrants leaving Agadez (Niger) in order to reach Libya. Photo: SID and CeSPITwenty-two years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families - an important event both for people who move voluntarily for better economic opportunities and different lifestyles as well as those displaced by conflict, political upheaval, violence, disasters, climate change and, increasingly, economic necessity. In recognition of this, 18 December was designated International Migrants Day - a day on which UNODC takes the opportunity to highlight the role of organized criminal networks that benefit from migrants seeking a better life.

  • 2012-12-10 10:25:21.0
    Successful test run of irregular migration and migrant smuggling reporting system

    The pilot phase of the Voluntary Reporting System on Migrant Smuggling and Related Conduct (VRS-MSRC) in Support of the Bali Process held a successful test run, which concluded with a two-day validation workshop last week. Australia, Cambodia, France, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Maldives, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tonga, UK, and the USA, as well as the Pacific Immigration Directors' Conference (PIDC) participated in the trial run.

  • 2012-11-26 16:31:33.0
    Вынужденная миграция: гуманитарная трагедия, эксплуатируемая организаторами незаконного ввоза мигрантов

    Photo: UNODCПо данным, приведенным Международной федерацией обществ Красного Креста и Красного Полумесяца (МФОКККП) в своем Докладе о бедствиях в мире за 2012 год, свыше 70 млн. человек, т.е. более одного человека на 100 жителей всех стран мира, являются вынужденными мигрантами, перемещенными в результате конфликтов, политических потрясений, насилия и стихийных бедствий, а также в результате изменения климата и осуществления проектов экономического развития.

  • 2012-11-26 15:52:16.0
    Prevent migrant smuggling to reduce human trafficking

    The  Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Organized Crime celebrated its 10 years of existence this month at the Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Conference in Bali.

    Covering 46 countries in Asia and the Pacific, the Bali Process is a unique forum bringing states together in response to human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

  • 2012-11-21 10:23:50.0
    The fate of smuggled migrants: Confronting violence and exploitation

    Photo: UNODCUNODC's Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, spoke this week on combating violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families at the Sixth Summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) - the informal, Government-led initiative addressing interconnections on these key global issues. The event was also addressed by Peter Sutherland, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Migration and Development who delivered a speech on behalf of the UN chief.

  • 2012-10-25 08:12:00.0
    Forced migration: a humanitarian tragedy exploited by smugglers

    Photo: UNODCOver 70 million people, or more than one in every 100 of the world's citizens, are forced migrants, displaced by conflict, political upheaval, violence and disasters but also by climate change and development projects, according to World Disasters Report 2012 of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Of these, some 50 million irregular migrants are believed to have used the services of smugglers at some stage of their journey, says the United Nations Development Programme.

  • 2012-10-12 09:56:50.0
    Crime simulation: targeting cross-border trafficking in South-East Asia

    Photo: Officials acting as smugglers transfer rhino horn, an illicitly trafficked endangered species, during a UNODC-supported PATROL training programme for front-line border officersIt's 2 p.m. in a remote town in Kampong Cham province on the border between Cambodia and Viet Nam. In a small restaurant, a police officer on surveillance in plain clothes slowly sips his ice tea and waits. A few blocks away, the operation head radios his arrest team. The suspected traffickers have already crossed the border, he tells them.

  • 2012-10-10 11:41:45.0
    Nigeria launches anti-human trafficking campaign, as Goodwill Ambassadors are named

    Photo: Joke Silva, a prominent Nigerian director, producer and actress (left) and Jude Abaga M.I., a talented hip-hop artist, producer, lyricist and instrumentalist, were yesterday appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassadors to spearhead anti-human trafficking activities in NigeriaThe Government of Nigeria, jointly with UNODC and the European Union, has launched a nationwide three-year anti-human trafficking campaign. Entitled "I am Priceless", the campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the reality, dangers and possible impact of irregular migration, as a consequence of either being smuggled or being a victim of trafficking in persons. UNODC also appointed two Nigerian celebrities, Joke Silva and Jude Abaga, as Goodwill Ambassadors to spearhead activities connected with the campaign, particularly among the young and vulnerable.

  • 2012-09-28 11:09:32.0
    Trade of Innocents: Film captures reality of child trafficking for sexual exploitation

    Photo: UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov with UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino at the preview screening of "Trade of Innocents" in New YorkUNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov attended a preview screening of Trade of Innocents, a film that exposes the grim reality of children trafficked for sexual exploitation. The UNODC chief participated at the event in New York with Mira Sorvino, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador against human trafficking, who has a starring role in the film.

  • 2012-09-19 14:46:55.0
    Le trafic illicite de migrants engendre des milliards de dollars de revenus pour les criminels chaque année

    UNODC campaign on transnational organised crime (TOC)Les revenus criminels générés par le trafic illicite de migrants sont estimés à  6,75 milliards de dollars par an, rien que le long des deux routes principales utilisées pour ce trafic - respectivement de l'Afrique de l'Est, du Nord et de l'Ouest vers l'Europe et de l'Amérique du Sud vers l'Amérique du Nord. Le trafic illicite de migrants, en tant que forme de criminalité organisée, fait partie de la nouvelle campagne de l'Office des Nations Unies contre la drogue et le crime (ONUDC).

  • 2012-09-06 10:16:59.0
    Smuggling of migrants generates billions of dollars each year for criminals

    UNODC campaign on transnational organised crime (TOC)Each year, criminals are estimated to generate around $6.75 billion from the smuggling of migrants along just two of the principal routes used for such smuggling, namely from East, North and West Africa to Europe and from South America to North America. As a form of transnational organized crime, the smuggling of migrants is the subject of a new campaign by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

  • 2012-08-22 15:23:45.0
    Global Migration Group: acting together in a world on the move

    Photo: IOM/ An IOM-supported convoy of 15 lorries carrying 1,222 African migrants from Sabha, southern Libya to ChadUNODC officially assumed the chairmanship of the Global Migration Group (GMG) on 1 July 2012, for a period of six months. The GMG is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of international organizations to promote the wider application of relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration.

  • 2012-08-21 14:20:58.0
    UNODC reports on migrant smuggling patterns in 14 Asian countries

    Against a backdrop of limited information on migrant smuggling and irregular migration, UNODC launched today two reports which, for the very first time, consolidate existing research literature on migrant smuggling in 14 countries across Asia.

    The reports,  Migrant Smuggling in Asia: A Thematic Review of Literature and the accompanying  Annotated Bibliography, provide a systematic review of available empirical knowledge on smuggling of migrants. These resources identify gaps in what is known about the smuggling of migrants around, in and out of Asia into Europe, North America and Australia and the Pacific.


    Read more here.

  • 2012-08-21 14:13:10.0
    Migrant Smuggling in Asia: An Annotated Bibliography

    The Annotated Bibliography contains abstracts of the 154 documents that were identified as relevant and formed the basis of the Thematic Review of Literature.