Forced Labour & Vietnamese Debt Bondage
Forced labour is a form of modern slavery that affects millions of people worldwide, with debt bondage the most common form of forced labour.
Migration Implications Of The Sudan Conflict
Natural Disasters, Climate Change & People Smuggling
Natural disasters often cause widespread devastation, with millions losing their homes, livelihoods, and in some cases their lives to hurricanes, floods, landslides, earthquakes and other disasters.
Sri Lanka's Growing Drug Problem
In November 2022, Sri Lanka’s government passed a Parliamentary Act imposing the death penalty or life imprisonment on anyone caught trafficking, possessing, importing or exporting five or more grams of Morphine, Cocaine, Heroin or Methamphetamine. The Parliamentary Act was passed in response to growing levels of drug abuse and drug trafficking within Sri Lanka, with negative impacts being felt socially, economically and politically.
Organ Selling: A New Currency For People Smuggling
It is a common misconception that smugglers are the cheap and ‘easy’ option - in fact, it is very common to see smuggling routes that cost upwards of $20,000 USD per person. With many migrants desperate to leave but not having the financial means to do so, some smugglers are now accepting organs as payment for irregular migration.
Haiti’s gang violence continues to fuel irregular migration
Gang-related violence continues to plague Haiti - fuelled by the assassination of former president Jovenel Moïsein in July 2021 - with many people desperate to migrate.
Cambodia Is Booming: What Are The Organised Crime Implications
Cambodia is shaking off images of its dark past in the 1970s under the Khmer Rouge and forging ahead with a booming economy, strong tourism sector and improvements across many development indicators. However, this rapid growth in the context of a weak legal system, lack of good governance, and porous borders has also provided fertile soil for organised crime operations, such as human traﬃcking, drug traﬃcking, environmental crime and money laundering.
Diaspora Communities As Facilitators of Migration
Almost all migrants rely on the advice and support of family, friends and their personal networks before, during and after migration. This assistance manifests in a myriad of ways, from traditional assistance, such as providing financial support and housing, to advising those in their network what time of the year, what country, and whether to use legal, illegal or a mixture of both means for all or part of the journey.
People Smugglers & Social Media: An Exponential Growth
The use of social media, like migration, is intensifying globally, and people smugglers and scammers have learned to adapt, exploiting the anonymity that the internet provides.
Germany’s Citizenship Reforms: What Are The Migration Impacts?
Germany looks set to pass amendments to the German Citizenship Law in early 2023. The proposed new law would allow dual citizenship to all, reduce the time to be able to obtain citizenship, and streamline other areas of citizenship regulation, such as language requirements.