Migrant Smuggling

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants: News, Events and Publications
  • 01/11/2011
    UNODC and UNHCR sign memorandum of understanding to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov (left) and UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres (right)UNODC and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at furthering joint cooperation in combating human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants. The memorandum, which was signed by UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov and UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres, is the first formal cooperation agreement between the two United Nations entities.

  • 25/10/2011
    Basic Training Manual to investigate and prosecute the smuggling of migrants adapted for Central American and Mexican law enforcement authorities

    Prosecutors and police officials from the Central American states, Mexico and Spain attended a three day workshop with the aim of adapting the UNODC Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling to the region´s context.

  • 20/09/2011
    Expert Group Meeting on Migrant Smuggling by Sea

    UNODC hosted an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Smuggling of Migrants by Sea to discuss challenges in preventing and combating the phenomenon of migrant smuggling by sea, and develop practical recommendations to support the finalization of an issue paper...

  • 22/08/2011
    Model Law on Smuggling of Migrants available in Arabic - English - French - Russian - Spanish

    The Model law against Smuggling of Migrants has been developed to assist States in implementing the provisions contained in the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. It aims to facilitate the review and amendment of existing legislation as well as the adoption of new legislation.

    This publication was made possible through funding for the European Union.

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  • 08/08/2011
    Victim Translation Assistance Tool - Life support messages for victims of human trafficking

    Victim Translation Assistance Tool - Life support messages for victims of human trafficking

    VITA is a unique new tool using audio messages, that allows law enforcement officials to provide a level of basic assistance to victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking survivors contributed to the development of these messages, which were also supported by experts in human trafficking focused on victims' needs.

    This audio tool, consisting of key encounter messages, was developed to facilitate the identification of a trafficked person and the launch of a criminal investigation. Thirty-five basic questions and messages have been recorded and translated into 40 languages, taking into account special questions for children.

  • 29/06/2011
    India: Significance of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) to address human trafficking

    In May 2011, Government of India ratified the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its three protocols. India is one of the five countries in South Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and very recently Nepal, to ratify the UNTOC.

    On the occasion of the Indian Government ratifying the UNTOC, UNODC interviewed the Union Home Secretary, Mr G K Pillai, to understand the significance of the UNTOC and its three protocols for India, especially in the context of addressing human trafficking in the country and South Asia.

  • 08/06/2011
    UNODC holds a Training Workshop for Egyptian Prosecutors on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling

    A training workshop for 25 Egyptian prosecutors on the investigation and prosecution of migrant cases was held by the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa in Cairo, Egypt during the period 24 to 26 May 2011. The workshop, based on UNODC training modules, aimed at strengthening the capacities of national practitioners in investigating and prosecuting migrant smuggling through an interactive training that allowed for exchange of experience and best practices among the participants while fostering international co-operation...

  • 07/06/2011
    UNODC and Italy discuss crime and drug prevention

    Photo: UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov met with several senior Italian officials to discuss drug- and crime-related matters, including migrant smuggling into Southern Europe in light of events in North Africa. Meeting the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, the Minister of Justice, Angelino Alfano, and the Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of the Interior, Alfredo Mantovano, the Executive Director noted that the discussions were of critical importance to regional safety and security.

  • 30/05/2011
    The role of organized crime in the smuggling of migrants from West Africa to the European Union
  • 30/05/2011
    The role of organized crime in the smuggling of migrants from West Africa to the European Union

    A new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) investigates the involvement of organized criminal groups in the smuggling of migrants from West Africa towards the European Union (EU). Information in the report was compiled by a team of researchers from West Africa and Europe using both documentary studies and field research conducted in Mali, the Niger, Nigeria and Spain.

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  • 12/05/2011
    Countering migrant smuggling in South-East Asia

    Hanoi (Viet Nam) - From 10 to 12 May 2011, a Computer-Based Training (CBT) Needs Analysis Workshop on Smuggling of Migrants was conducted in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The workshop was held in order to gather valuable insights into the migrants smuggling situation in South-East Asia and consequently, identify the training needs for law enforcement officers.

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  • 06/04/2011
    Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

    UNODC, as the guardian the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their efforts to implement the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air (Migrants Protocol).

  • 06/04/2011
    Issue Paper – Transnational Organized Crime in the Fishing Industry

    UNODC initiated a study as part of its Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Issue Papers Series on the occurrence of Transnational Organized Crime in the Fishing Industry. The study posed the questions whether there is transnational organized crime and other criminal activity in the fishing industry and, if so, what the vulnerabilities of the fishing industry are to transnational organized crime or other criminal activity.

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  • 01/04/2011
    Migrant Smuggling Issue Papers
  • 04/03/2011
    Experts meet in Vienna to discuss the involvement of Transnational Organized Crime in the Fishing Industry

    EGM Vienna - From 08 July to 09 March 2011, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) headquarters hosted an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to discuss the involvement of Transnational Organized Crime in the Fishing Industry and contribute to the finalization of a study on this topic. The study is part of a series of Issue Papers published by the Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit on specific topics.

    The study aims to identify whether specific patterns of transnational organized crime can be identified in the fishing industry and if there are specific vulnerabilities of the fishing industry to the occurrence of organized crime. The study focuses on three specific types of crime: trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and illicit drugs trafficking. In the course of the study, other types of crime were identified.