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The human conveyor belt: The industrialisation of human smuggling and trafficking in post-revolution Libya

17 March 2017 9:30 am
17 March 2017 11:30 am

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The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) are organising an event to launch the report The Human Conveyor Belt, An analysis of the industrialisation of human trafficking & smuggling in post-revolution Libya written by Mark Micallef.

The Central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy remains the deadliest irregular sea crossing in the world with more than 5000 people having drowned in 2016 in their attempt to cross. Yet, the scale of suffering at sea is only part of the dangerous experience of migrants transiting through Libya: many, if not more, die crossing the Sahara; others are subject to brutal detention and violent abuse at the hands of Libyan militia.

This new report by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime analyses the political economy of Libya’s human smuggling and trafficking industry. It presents the state of affairs on the ground in Libya’s coastal smuggling hubs as well as on its Southern borders. By mapping the actors involved, their inter- connections and the flow of smuggling profits, the report is able to highlight the important implications that the smuggling industry will have, not only for Libya’s transition, but also for long- term stability and human security across the Sahel-Maghreb.

The event will feature:

  • Opening remarks from Global Initiative Deputy Director Tuesday Reitano, co-author of Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour, a much-heralded book exposing the working of smuggling networks to Europe;
  • A presentation by Mark Micallef, report author and Executive Director of Migrant Report, who will introduce he main findings and implications of the research.
  • Reflections on the implications for EU and international policy responses by Anna Knoll, Programme Manager of ECDPM’s Migration Programme.
  • 40 minutes will be dedicated to open discussion and questions from the floor.


Please register by sending an email to Iris Oustinoff ( of the Global Initiative Secretariat. There are limited seats available, so we recommend you to register as soon as possible.

Live stream

Please note that this event will be recorded, and live‐streamed. You can access the live-stream here.

Image courtesy of International Federation of Red Cross via Flickr.


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