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Human smugglers roundtable: Anna Triandafyllidou

What does the EU sacrifice when it prioritises migration management in negotiations with countries of origin and transit?

Human smugglers roundtable: Yaatsil Guevara

How does raising the costs of human smuggling make it more likely for migrants to fall into the hands of organised crime?

Human smugglers roundtable: on border restrictions and movement

Are border fortifications/restrictions a useful or counterproductive response to mass movements of people?

Human smugglers roundtable: Nassim Majidi & Saagarika Dadu-Brown

We need policies that take seriously the complexity of migrant-smuggler relationships.

Human smugglers roundtable: Lupe Flores

How does anti-trafficking policies lead to the separation of families?

Human smugglers roundtable: Jill Alpes

How does raising the costs of human smuggling make it more likely for migrants to fall into the hands of organised crime?

Human smugglers roundtable: Theodora Simon

Why are military tools being deployed against a humanitarian crisis on the US-Mexico border?

Human smugglers roundtable: Sine Plambech

When happiness is a daughter in Europe, anti-trafficking policies don’t save you.

Human smugglers roundtable II

Forget all you think you know about human smuggling. The human smugglers roundtable is back.

The struggle of mobility: organising high-risk migration from the Horn of Africa

Migrants moving north from the Horn of Africa face uncertainty and violence at every step of their journeys. To minimise the risks they have created thick networks of help and know-how.

Communities of smugglers and the smuggled

Changing country outside of legal pathways relies on trust and community support, yet the ties that bind become more tenuous the farther a migrant is from home.

Governing migrant smuggling: a criminality approach is not sufficient

The emergency management of migration crises tends to focus on policing while overlooking the broader socio-economics that both support smuggling and push people into the hands of smugglers.

Precarious livelihoods in eastern Indonesia: of fishermen and people smugglers

Indonesian fishermen started smuggling people to Australia after their other sources of income dried up, even though it often meant jail time. Indeed, that was part of their livelihood strategy.

The call to become a smuggler

Human smugglers are widely portrayed as marketeers, yet the smuggler-migrant relationship is often coloured by moral, social, and even religious obligations. Heightened border policing has the potential to undermine all that.

Smuggling as social negotiation: pathways of Central American migrants in Mexico

Migrants travelling north from Central America employ guides and coyotes to facilitate their journey, but their time together is characterised by continuous re-negotiation. Español

Beyond common-sense notions of human smuggling in the Americas

Once mainly a sending-country of migrants to the US, Ecuador has become a transit zone migrants from all over the world as they seek to reach new destinations. Español

Human smugglers roundtable: is human smuggling the province of organised crime?

The level of professionalisation in human smuggling, according to our panelists, depends on the particular stage of the smuggling process and the sophistication of the border controls to be overcome.

Introducing the human smugglers roundtable

Human smuggling and irregular migration are hot topics yet poorly understood, a situation which has allowed dangerous, security-focused policies to proliferate. We ask those studying smugglers first-hand to weigh in.

Human smugglers roundtable: are smugglers parasites or service providers?

In the first of three questions, human smuggling experts share their views on what and who actually constitutes a human smuggler. The answer depends greatly on where they operate.

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