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Every year, thousands of migrants embark on long journeys across the globe in search of new opportunities, safety or better prospects. As legal migration options are limited, many resort to the illicit and often dangerous services provided by smuggling networks.


STARSOM is a two-year (2021-2023) project to counter migrant smuggling and protect the lives and rights of migrants across routes leading to North America and crossing multiple countries in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. STARSOM is funded by the Government of Canada.
STARSOM will enable countries along the transcontinental smuggling routes from South Asia to North America to work closer together to effectively respond to migrant smuggling while protecting the lives and upholding the rights of the smuggled migrants... read more
7 April 2022
Maldives and Sri Lanka Work Together to Combat Migrant Smuggling

Male, 7 April 2022 - In recent years, there has been a significant increase in cases of people from South Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, undertaking a hazardous journey across the Darien Gap – one of the world's most dangerous more

1 April 2022

UNODC Unites Continents to Combat Migrant Smuggling  


Dubai, 1 April 2022. Every year, criminal networks smuggle thousands of migrants using long and dangerous transcontinental routes. Migrants from South Asia are smuggled into Gulf and West African countries, which are often used as “transit hubs”, before reaching South America or the Mediterranean shores. From South America, criminals use various routes through Central America and the Caribbean to reach the United States and more

25 March 2022
Costa Rica and Bangladesh cooperate against migrant smuggling and human trafficking between Asia and America
Vienna (Austria), 25 March 2022 – Globally, many migrants experience violence, exploitation, and abuse during and after their migratory journey. As elsewhere, smuggled migrants and people on the move in vulnerable situations face significant dangers ... read more
18 February 2022
Abused in the Search of a Better Life - The Plight of Smuggled Migrants

Puntarenas, (Costa Rica), 18 February 2022 - Migrants who are smuggled through the dangerous Darien Gap region in Central America are regularly subjected to abuse, violence, and sexual assault, and women and girls are the primary victims ....... read more

16 December 2021 - Abuja (Nigeria) 
Nigeria Takes Steps to Stop Migrant Smuggling

The smuggling of migrants is a big business in Nigeria with criminal networks charging large sums of money to move people in and out of the West African country or facilitate their transit.

In recognition of the  magnitude of this crime, its impact on the security of the country and the safety of the migrants involved, Nigerian authorities are now working closely with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime through the STARSOM project .... read more

2 November 2021- Vienna (Austria)
UNODC and Canada Launch New Project to Counter  Migrant Smuggling

A two-year project to combat organized crime groups that smuggle migrants over multiple continents to North America is underway in thirteen countries.

The STARSOM initiative will support States along the main smuggling routes to work together to respond to migrant smuggling while protecting the lives and upholding the rights of the smuggled migrants.

STARSOM is led by crime prevention and criminal justice experts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the support of the Canadian Government’s  Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) .... read more