Migrant Smuggling

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants: News, Events and Publications
  • 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.

  • 17/02/2011
    UNODC provides regular training at NATO School on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the guardian of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), and the Protocols thereto. In this regard, UNODC in cooperation with NATO and the NATO School supports the implementation in practice of the Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Protocols.

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  • 13/02/2011
    Video and Audio on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

    Video and audio material on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

  • 09/02/2011
    Rani: défenseur inébranlable pour la liberté face à l'esclavage et la traite humaine

    Photo: UNODC India: School girlsAvec plus de 2,4 millions de personnes en captivité à travers le monde, la traite des êtres humains est devenu à notre époque l'un des crimes et des problèmes majeurs de notre société. Pratiquement tous les pays dans le monde sont touchés par ce crime, que ce soit en tant que pays d'origine, de transit ou de lieu de destination des victimes.

  • 26/01/2011
    Final EGM to draft In-depth Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling

    Pretoria - From 18 January to 20 January 2011 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office Southern Africa hosted the final Expert Group Meeting (EGM) for the drafting of an In-depth Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants in Pretoria, South Africa.

    Migrants smuggling has become an increasing challenge affecting virtually every country in the world, either as a country of origin, transit or destination. As the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its supplementary protocols, the primary goal of UNODC with respect to combating the smuggling of migrants is to promote global adherence to the Migrant Smuggling Protocol and to assist States in their efforts to effectively implement it.

  • 04/01/2011
    Rani: an unwavering advocate for freedom from slavery and human trafficking

    Photo: UNODC India: School girlsWith more than 2.4 million people held captive across the world, human trafficking has become one of today's major crimes and issues of social concern. UNODC interviewed Rani Hong, a survivor of human trafficking and the founder of the Tronie Foundation to support survivors of the crime. For the past 10 years, Rani has been sharing her story across the globe to inspire people and collect support for her  work with survivors of human trafficking.

  • 20/12/2010
    Lors de la Journée mondiale des migrants, UNODC dévoile des outils pour aider les Etats à affronter la souffrance des personnes victimes de la traite

    Photo: UNODC: Migrant smuggling boatLes gens quittent leur pays pour bien des raisons différentes, qu'elles soient économiques, sociales, politiques ou religieuses. De tous temps, les migrants ont surmonté l'adversité et trouvé ailleurs une vie meilleure. Aujourd'hui, la mondialisation a fait augmenter considérablement le nombre de migrants.

  • 20/12/2010
    Workshop on Combating Money Laundering Related to Human Trafficking in Sana'a

    Between 11 and 13 December, the UNODC Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) and the UNODC Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit partnered with the Yemeni National Committee for AML/CFT to present a workshop on money laundering related to proceeds from human trafficking.

  • 17/12/2010
    On Migrants Day, UNODC unveils tools to help States address plight of smuggled and trafficked victims

    Photo: UNODC: Migrant smuggling boatPeople leave their countries for a variety of reasons, whether social, economic, political or religious. Throughout history, migrants have overcome adversity and found a better life elsewhere. The International Migrant's Day, marked every year on 18 December, acknowledges the world's 214 million migrants, recognizes their contributions to society and, importantly, recalls their human rights.