Critical Perspectives on Migrant Smuggling

Led by Jørgen Carling
Jan 2016 -

​​Migrant smuggling plays a key role in contemporary migration. The vast majority of migrants who seek protection in Europe as asylum seekers depend on smugglers in order to access the asylum system. Smugglers also facilitate unauthorized migration for employment. This project, which does not have regular external funding, seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the role that migrant smuggling plays and what appropriate policy approaches might be.


Research Groups


Book Chapter

Carling, Jørgen (2016) West and Central Africa, in McAuliffe, Marie; & Frank Laczko, eds, Migrant Smuggling Data and Research: a Global Review of the Emerging Evidence Base. Geneva: International Organization for Migration (25–53).

Report - Other

Carling, Jørgen (2017) Expert Panellist Statement on the Smuggling of Migrants, Fifth Informal Thematic Session in the process towards a Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. Vienna: Office of the President of the General Assembly, United Nations.


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