The world has never been doing more than it is right now to dismantle the migrant smuggling trade, and yet it continues to grow. Some experts warn that tighter border controls only fuel demand for smuggling services. But many countries say such responses are an inevitable and logical response. But there is acceptance among all 193 UN member states that the world must better manage mass migration and protect refugees. Two new compacts are currently being drafted to achieve that.
UN push for migration, refugee pacts
World leaders say addressing flawed migration policies is key to dismantling the smuggling trade.
Why closing borders doesn’t stop smugglers
Demand for smuggling services rises when barriers to migration increase, experts say.
Migrant routes in Europe shift but influx continues
The head of the EU’s border agency Frontex discusses the shifting migrant influx.
Austria’s Kurz details plan to shut down Mediterranean route
Austria is eyeing Australia’s approach to shut down smuggling in the Mediterranean.
Australia’s ‘war’ on people smugglers
Australia’s military-led solution to stop smugglers’ boats will always be necessary, the government says.