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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
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