Smuggling of Migrants
Smuggling of migrants is a transgression that involves the illegal entry of a person into a state, of which the person is not a national or resident, for financial or material benefits.
It is a matter of grave global concern, with almost every country in the world, small or big, getting adversely affected by it as either origin, transit or destination points. Profit-seeking miscreants smuggle migrants across countries and continents, taking advantage of their disposition to resort to illegal channels of migration, in search of a better life.
The phenomena jeopardises the integrity of communities, and exposes the smuggled migrants to abuse and exploitation. The miscreants treat them as goods, rather than as humans, and ergo not only are their fundamental rights compromised, but often their lives are at a precarious stake.
Owing to the surreptitious nature of the crime and the predicament in determining the period of irregular migration, accurate global figures gauging the real size of the crime is a complex matter.
UNODC, as guardian of the Organized Crime Convention and the associated protocols, assists States in their efforts to implement the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol. Pursuant to GA Resolution 61/252, the CCPCJ is mandated to function as the governing body of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The Commission will be entrusted with the responsibility to arrive at a consensus-driven political solution aimed at implementation of the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol in an efficacious manner.