Cooperation Continues on People Smuggling
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IOM figures form a central part of a new UN global report issued today (13 June) on the smuggling of migrants.
The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s “Global Report on Smuggling of Migrants” uses IOM data to report on the thousands of deaths due to migrant smuggling each year. Many smuggled migrants die from drowning, whereas others perish due to accidents or extreme terrain and weather conditions.
Killings of migrants have also been reported along most smuggling routes. But smuggled migrants are also vulnerable to a range of other forms of crime such as violence, rape, theft, kidnapping, extortion and trafficking in persons.
Speaking at the launch in Vienna today, Livia Styp-Rekowska, Border Management Specialist at IOM’s Regional Office noted that the phenomenon of smuggling was being treated as increasingly important by global governments.
“This was backed up by the very high numbers attending the consultations on our IOM-UNODC Joint Platform on Countering Migrant Smuggling we held here in March,” she stated.
“We are looking forward to continued cooperation with UN partners, civil society and governments, especially on information sharing, technical cooperation and research.”