Migrant Smuggling

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants: News, Events and Publications
  • 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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  • 04/04/2012
    UNODC assists Ghana to enhance its response against the smuggling of migrants

    The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), faced with growing concerns over the extent of the crime of smuggling of migrants both as an origin and as a transit country, launched the EU funded project 'Countering Human Smuggling & Other Irregular Migration'. Familiar with the work of UNODC as a contributor to the development of the Basic and In-Depth Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants and of the Training Film Ways and Means, the GIS asked the UNODC Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants to support the implementation of their project by providing technical expertise to enhance GIS capacity to respond to the smuggling of migrants.

    Read more here.

  • 23/03/2012
    Combating Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling: Building Cooperation in Pakistan

    On a rare occasion, 35 senior officials of Federal and provincial governments, including the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), provincial police Home Departments, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Human Rights and the Ministry of Human Resources Development, sat side by side to explore strategies to better combat the crimes of smuggling of persons and trafficking in persons at a UNODC hosted workshop, "Strategic Dialogue on Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons".

  • 07/03/2012
    UNODC Strategy on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

    Trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants are global problems affecting states everywhere, and the well-being of countless individuals around the world. Having worked on these issues since the late 1990s, UNODC has now issued a comprehensive strategy setting out the complementary nature of UNODC's work in preventing and combating both human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and defining the immediate priorities for UNODC's future action and engagement on these crimes.

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  • 21/02/2012
    Intelligence is key to fighting migrant smuggling: UNODC provides analysis training for law enforcers in Asia

    Bangkok (Thailand), 21 February 2012 - Migrant smuggling is an organized criminal activity that operates across borders. It threatens countries' security, makes smuggled migrants vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking, and generates enormous profits for the criminals involved, who face little risk of detection and punishment. Migrant smuggling networks are highly organized, professional and flexible, constantly changing routes and methods in response to law enforcement measures.
    To assist government efforts to craft an effective, coordinated response, the UNODC Regional Training Programme on Operational and Strategic Analysis on Migrant Smuggling held a first round of workshops that brought to Thailand 54 law enforcement and immigration personnel from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam and the Pacific Immigration Directors' Conference (PIDC) for training in operational and strategic analysis of migrant smuggling.

  • 13/02/2012
    International Framework for Action to Implement the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol

    The International Framework for Action to Implement the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol is now available. 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.

    Read more here.

  • 01/02/2012
    Catalogue of Materials - Anti- Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling
  • 29/12/2011
    The EU Directive on Trafficking in Human Beings – A Joint UN Commentary

    Working together six United Nations agencies (UNODC, UNHCR, OHCHR, UNICEF, ILO and UN Women) have published a commentary on selected articles of the EU Directive 2011/36/EU.

    Over the past decade, the European Union has stepped up its efforts to fight human trafficking strengthening its focus on prevention and protection of victims. The adoption of the 2011 Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, replacing Council Framework Decision, is the most recent sign of the continued commitment of the European Union in this field. The Directive represents a critical step in addressing human trafficking comprehensively.

  • 19/12/2011
    Issue Paper: Smuggling of Migrants by Sea
  • 19/12/2011
    New UNODC paper sheds light on smuggling of migrants by sea

    Photo courtesy of FrontexAs the world marked International Migrants Day on 18 December, UNODC released an issue paper on the smuggling of migrants by sea. The paper covers the international legal framework relating to the smuggling of migrants by sea, current responses to and challenges posed by such smuggling and recommendations to strengthen responses. While the smuggling of migrants by sea accounts for only a small proportion of the total number of migrants smuggled worldwide, it accounts for the highest number of deaths among smuggled migrants.

  • 15/12/2011
    Ways and Means — countering smuggling of migrants

    Awareness raising video on migrant smuggling

  • 17/11/2011
    Voluntary reporting system on migrant smuggling in support of the Bali Process

    An international database on migrant smuggling came closer to reality as law enforcement officials from Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America met to review UNODC's work on setting up a voluntary migrant smuggling reporting system.

  • 03/11/2011
    In-Depth Training Manual on smuggling of migrants

    The UNODC In-depth training manual on investigating and prosecuting the smuggling of migrants is the product of criminal justice expertise gathered from around the world.

    The diversity of those involved in the process of elaborating the Manual reflects its target audience of criminal justice practitioners including investigators, examining judges, investigating judges, prosecutors, magistrates, law enforcement officers, border agents and all other professionals who are involved in the criminal justice system.

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