People Smuggling: Global Dimensions

Monday, 7 April 2003

When: Monday, April 14, 2003, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Where: The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
Edgeloe Room (Old Council Room), Mitchell Building (1st floor)

On Monday, April 14, 2003, the Australian Institute of Criminology, in conjunction with The University of Adelaide Law School, will be holding a roundtable on "People Smuggling: Global Dimensions" in the Edgeloe Room, Mitchell Building. It starts at 9:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm.

Recent years have witnessed increasing cross-border migration accompanied by growing levels of organised smuggling of migrants. Migrant smugglers have created illegal ways of migration by using clandestine methods of transporting people and/or by supplying sophisticated false documents, while exploiting those willing or forced to migrate.

The smuggling of migrants in the Asia Pacific region has become a multi-billion dollar industry, and illegal migration has become a lucrative source of income for criminal organisations. The events of September 11th, 2001 and the Bali bombings in October 2002 resulted in a further tightening of international borders, and the current war on Iraq, too, will have major implications and refugee flows and illegal migration in the region.

The roundtable will feature four sessions on Australian perspectives on people smuggling, security implications in a post-September 11th world, legal implications and future international and regional cooperation, preventive policy and practice.

Participants in the Roundtable will include Amb John Buckley, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra (Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues); Mr Michel Gabaudan, UNHCR, Director, Regional Office for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, Canberra; A/Professor Paul Smith, Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, US Department of Defence, Honolulu; Ms Nelly Siegmund, Border Protection, DIMIA, Canberra; Mr Peter Mares, ABC journalist, Melbourne; A/Professor Susan Kneebone, Faculty of Law, Monash University; Dr Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra; and Dr Andreas Schloenhardt, The University of Adelaide Law School, among others.

Session One of the roundtable is open to the media and public.

For registration and further information contact Dr Andreas Schloenhardt at The University of Adelaide Law School on (08) 8303 6223 or 043 8303 442.


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