Migrant Smuggling

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants: News, Events and Publications
  • 06/09/2012
    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.

  • 22/08/2012
    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.

  • 21/08/2012
    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.

     

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  • 21/08/2012
    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.

  • 21/08/2012
    UNODC: Migrant Smuggling in Asia: A Thematic Review of Literature

    By consolidating information currently accessible on migrant smuggling, the Thematic Review of Literature aims to guide further research that will contribute evidence-based policies to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants while simultaneously upholding and protecting the rights of those who are smuggled.

  • 21/08/2012
    Groupe mondial sur la migration : travailler ensemble dans un monde en mutation

    Photo: IOM/ An IOM-supported convoy of 15 lorries carrying 1,222 African migrants from Sabha, southern Libya to Chad

    L'ONUDC a officiellement assumé la présidence du Groupe mondial sur la migration (GMG) le 1 er juillet 2012 pour une durée de six mois. Le GMG est un groupe inter-agences qui rassemble les directeurs d'organisations internationales afin de promouvoir une application plus large des instruments et règlementations relatives aux migrations.

  • 14/08/2012
    UNODC assumes chair of the Global Migration Group-GMG

    GMG logo The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 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 organisations to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration.

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  • 09/07/2012
    Cambodia: UN Trust Fund helps NGO to reintegrate children trafficked for exploitation

    Photo: UNODCThe thriving cross-border trade in Poipet, a Cambodian town on the Cambodia - Thailand border, attracts many migrant families from other parts of Cambodia. However, the lack of actual job opportunities has led to high unemployment rates and widespread poverty, with most residents earning one dollar a day or less. Child labour is widespread, not only in Poipet, but also through child trafficking and unsafe migration where children from Cambodia are taken across borders to work as beggars and street sellers in Bangkok.

  • 06/07/2012
    Камбоджа: Целевой Фонд ООН помогает неправительственным организациям реинтегрировать детей проданных для эксплуатации

    Photo: UNODC Процветающая транснациональная торговля в камбоджийском городе Паойпэт на границе с Тайландом привлекает множество мигрирующих семей из других уголков Камбоджи. Однако, отсутствие возможностей трудоустройства привело к высокому уровню безработицы и широкому распространению бедности, основное население зарабатывает один или меньше доллара в день.

  • 06/07/2012
    Camboya: Fondo Fiduciario de la ONU ayuda a una ONG a reinsertar a niños víctima de la trata de personas

    Photo: UNODC El próspero comercio transfronterizo en Poipet, una ciudad camboyana en la frontera entre Camboya y Tailandia, atrae numerosas familias migrantes desde otras áreas de Camboya. No obstante, la carencia de oportunidades laborales ha llevado a un aumento de la tasa de desempleo y ha generalizado la pobreza, ya que la mayoría de los habitantes gana un dólar al día o menos.

  • 04/07/2012
    Cambodge : le fonds d’affectation spéciale de l’ONU soutient les ONG dans leur travail de réinsertion des enfants exploités

    Photo: UNODC Le commerce transfrontalier en plein essor de Poipet, une ville cambodgienne sur la frontière entre le Cambodge et la Thaïlande, attire de nombreuses familles de migrants d'autres régions du Cambodge. Cependant, la pénurie d'emplois actuelle a mené à un chômage élevé et à une pauvreté généralisée, la majorité des habitants gagnant un dollar par jour ou moins.

  • 29/05/2012
    First capacity building workshop for criminal justice practitioners on money laundering and the smuggling of migrants held in Cameroon

    First Workshop on Combating Money Laundering related to the Smuggling of Migrants held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Mai 2012 -  between 7 and 9 May.

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  • 27/04/2012
    Crime Commission tackles the smuggling of migrants, a growing humanitarian problem

    Crime Commission tackles smuggling of migrants, a growing humanitarian problem

    Photo courtesy of FrontexInternational efforts to tackle the smuggling of migrants took centre stage during the twenty-first session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which concluded today with a draft resolution to promote efforts to eliminate violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families. The text of the resolution contains a strong condemnation of the continuing incidence of criminal acts against migrants, migrant workers and their families in all regions of the world, including criminal acts of violence motivated by racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

  • 17/04/2012
    UNODC and International Organization for Migration sign agreement for closer cooperation

    Photo: UNODC: A boat used to smuggle migrantsUNODC and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today signed an agreement in which they pledged closer cooperation to tackle human trafficking and migrant smuggling and to improve border management, bearing in mind the cross-cutting theme of corruption. The memorandum of understanding was signed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

  • 05/04/2012
    Informal Donor Briefing on the Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants

    Outlining its ongoing efforts to assist countries in tackling migrant smuggling, UNODC held an informal briefing on the Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants in Vienna, on 30 March 2012.

    The meeting was very well received by the attending state representatives who suggested more such meetings be held to generate an open dialogue between States Parties and UNODC on the challenges, global priorities, and needs of the organisation to support the implementation of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air additional to the United Nations Convention against the Transnational Organized Crime.

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