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People Smugglers Globally 2017

Report Launch: 'People Smugglers Globally 2017'

Speakers The Honourable Cr Philip Ruddock, John Coyne and Madeleine Nyst

ASPI is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of the Strategy ‘People Smugglers Globally 2017’. The report will be launched by The Hon Cr Philip Ruddock.

The global drivers for the irregular movement of people, from human security to economics, are growing, not dissipating. In 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported that there were 65.6 million ‘forcibly displaced people worldwide’, 22.5 million refugees and 10 million stateless people. Globally, there are some 767 million people living below the poverty line. In Africa alone, there are some 200 million people ‘aged between 15–24 and this will likely double by 2045’. While these figures are startling, the fact that in 2016 only 189,300 refugees were resettled highlights the scale of the likely demand for irregular migration.

Much has been said and published on irregular migration from the perspective of the migrant. In the process, it has become politically expedient to homogenise perceptions of people smugglers.

This new ASPI report focuses on people-smuggling syndicates globally. The report provides a concise analysis of the various people-smuggling syndicates operating in the globe’s people smuggling hot-spots. This authoritative report provides a concise analysis of each people smuggling hot-spot, with accompanying policy recommendations for interventions.

The event is generously sponsored by DXC Technology.


The Honourable Cr Philip Ruddock

Philip Maxwell Ruddock was elected Mayor of Hornsby on 9 September 20

John Coyne

Dr John Coyne is the Head of the Border Security Program at ASPI. 

Madeleine Nyst

Madeleine Nyst joined ASPI in January 2017. She is currently working on a project that looks at the organisation of people smuggling networks globally.