Strasbourg 23 June 2017
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Main text - Conference on Smuggling of Migrants

The Council of Europe organised an International Conference on Smuggling of Migrants on 23 June 2017, in the Palais de l’Europe (Room 5), Strasbourg, France.

The Conference brought together experts and high-level representatives from member and observer States of the Council of Europe, as well as representatives of international organisations and academic experts, to discuss best practices and concrete measures to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants; to develop strategies for cooperation and information exchange and to protect the rights of smuggled migrants.

Topics discussed at the Conference:

  • Prevention of the smuggling of migrants;
  • Aspects of criminalisation of the smuggling of migrants;
  • Promotion and facilitation of international cooperation;
  • Protection of the rights of smuggled migrants.

The aim of the Conference was to provide concrete elements for future Council of Europe action on the fight against the smuggling of migrants.