Migrant Smuggling

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants: News, Events and Publications
  • 06/10/2010
    Strengthening law enforcement capacity in investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of migrant smuggling

    Strengthening law enforcement capacity in investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of migrant smuggling

    A three-day expert group meeting was held in Bangkok from 27 to 29 September.

    The aim of the meeting was for the expert working group to discuss the elaboration of an in-depth training manual on investigating migrant smuggling and prosecuting offenders of that crime.

    The finalized manual will make it easier to transfer expertise and best practices, and thereby strengthen the capacity of law enforcement authorities all over the world to deal with this issue.

    Read more here.

  • 01/09/2010
    United Nations launches global plan of action against human trafficking

    Photo: UNODCThe United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons was adopted by the General Assembly on 30 July to urge Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to try to defeat the scourge. The Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations' broader programmes to boost development and strengthen security around the world.

  • 13/08/2010
    UNODC boosts Cambodian border control capacity

    Photo: UNODCThe growing volume of trade between Cambodia and its neighbouring countries means that Cambodian border officers, often operating with poor facilities, insufficient specialized knowledge and limited budget, are requested to carry out timely and effective controls on increasing human and vehicle traffic.

  • 14/07/2010
    UNODC report presents data on smuggling of migrants from Latin America and Africa

    Sub-Saharan migrants leaving Agadez (Niger) in order to reach the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Photo: SID and CeSPI.According to "The Globalization of Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment", there are an estimated 50 million irregular migrants in the world today. As a result of global inequalities and restrictive immigration policies, many workers from developing regions risk their lives to access opportunities in more affluent countries. Since they cannot always do so legally, they often look for organized criminal groups to help them.

  • 13/07/2010
    EGM Vienna International Framework for Action to Implement the Migrant Smuggling Protocol

    12 to13 July 2010From 12 July to 13 July 2010, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) headquarters hosted an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to review draft material to include into the forthcoming International Framework for Action to Implement the Migrant Smuggling Protocol. This initiative follows on from UNODC's work in 2009 to develop the International Framework for Action to Implement the Trafficking in Person Protocol, a technical assistance tool that supports United Nations Member States in the effective implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (United Nations Trafficking Protocol), supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

  • 06/07/2010
    Smuggling of migrants into through and from North Africa

    The publication,  Smuggling of migrants into, through and from North Africa: A thematic review and annotated bibliography of recent publications is the second in a series of unique publications produced by UNODC. The initial publication, Global Review on Migrant Smuggling gave an overarching analysis of existing literature on migrant smuggling at a global level. The current publication focuses primarily on the patterns and dynamics of migrant smuggling, as it concerns the North African region. Recognizing, however, that irregular migration and smuggling flows are transnational in nature, the review goes beyond North Africa, to also cover sub- Saharan African and European countries affected along the various smuggling routes

  • 01/07/2010
    Online Edition- Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants

    UNODC's Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants was launched during a side-event to the 19th Annual Crime Commission held in Vienna 17-19 May 2010.

    Against the backdrop of the smuggling of Migrants Protocol, and as part of a larger, comprehensive response, UNODC launched a process in 2008 to elaborate basic training modules on preventing and combating the smuggling of migrants. The process was undertaken in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the European Police Office (Europol) and the United Kingdom Police Organization (SOCA) and, most importantly, with the active participation of experienced practitioners working all over the world to investigate and prosecute those who smuggle migrants. Three working meeting were organized in Egypt, Nigeria and Senegal involving investigators and prosecutors from 30 countries, including both common and civil law countries.

    Read more about the launch here.

  • 29/06/2010
    Trata de personas hacia Europa con fines de explotación sexual
  • 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.