The world is grappling with record human displacement and mass migration. Smugglers are making an estimated $10 billion a year ferrying desperate people across international borders. Here we present a global overview of this transnational crime, including primary smuggling routes, migrant deaths, and the complicated struggle for solutions.
An industry built on human misery
Poverty, war, violence and persecution are driving mass migration, and smugglers are making $US10 billion a year from desperate people.
Tides of migrants risk death, abuse for new lives
Smugglers are making billions each year, as the world considers how best to manage mass migration.
Scant data hinders fight against smuggling
A global expert on illegal migration says a lack of data on the people smuggling trade is hampering efforts to fight it.
The complicated business of people smuggling
Governments still struggle with illegal migration despite it topping political agendas in many EU countries.