Countering Migrant Smuggling: Towards a more comprehensive approach

Date: 09 to 10-06-2016

Location: Trier

Languages: English

Organiser: ERA


Type: Conference

Objective The smuggling of migrants is a growing concern within the EU. Profit-seeking criminals smuggle migrants across borders, making it one of the most profitable forms of trans-national crime within Europe, with a coordinated judicial and law enforcement response across the EU not being sufficient in dealing with this growing problem. In order to better counter the criminal groups standing behind such smuggling and to bring them to justice, more coherent action and coordination at EU level and among the Member States is necessary. This seminar will look into the various aspects that need to be considered when dealing with migrant smuggling, in order to provide a better picture of the various actions that can and should be taken to enhance cross-border judicial and law enforcement cooperation in dealing with migrant smuggling. Key topics The EU Action Plan Against Migrant Smuggling 2015-2020 and the European Agenda on Migration and its enhancement of activities to counter migrant smuggling at a law enforcement and judicial level The work and possibilities of Eurojust and Europol in enhancing cross-border judicial and law enforcement cooperation in countering migrant smuggling and going after their proceeds of crime EU action to counter migrant smugglers and destroy their assets: Frontex and EU Operation Sophia Means and methods of prosecuting migrant smugglers Tracing and confiscation of assets connected to migrant smuggling Who should attend? Law enforcement officers, ministerial officials, judges, prosecutors, lawyers in private practice and NGOs