Migrant Smuggling in the Mediterranean

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01 June 2010

“Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants” is the topic of a Euromed Police II Project Seminar held in Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or just outside Lyon, France. Hosted by the French Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Police (ENSP) on 25 - 31 March 2010, this event attracted 21 senior police officers from 6 countries of the Mediterranean Sea area.

21 heads of police departments from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority took part in the seminar.

The seminar’s programme was prepared and by the CEPOL Secretariats’ Euromed team and the international relations department of the ENSP, with the support of professional interpretation services in Arabic and English.

After the official opening by ENSP Director Patrick Joubert, Ms Jocelyne Kan, senior advisor at the « Institut national des hautes Etudes de la Sécurité et de la Justice” (INHESJ), drew attention to the main applicable international laws and conventions and presented research findings from the Institute on trafficking in Human Beings. Julien Simon, expert at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) presented the threats and opportunities that European and Mediterranean countries face whilst dealing with pressure areas caused by high migration.

Much enjoyed by the participants were the working visits to border areas led by André Pichon, regional commander of the Border Police Service, which served the purpose of helping them to identify and compare standards and practices used whilst dealing with illegal immigration.

One highlight of the seminar was a visit to the Interpol Headquarters where the participants met Jonathan Eyers, Head of the Trafficking in Human Beings Sub-Directorate, who had organised for them to see Interpol’s Command and Coordination Centre and also for them to be given comprehensive information on the investigation support tools available for tracking internet paedophiles and sexual tourism. After the visits, Eric Lieby from the CEPOL Euromed team and Jean Marie Fiquet, Head of ENSP’s international relation services, moderated the group workshops.

During the seminar’s closing ceremony Pierre Antonmattei, CEPOL’s Euromed team leader, and Patrick Joubert invited all participants to report back to their respective countries, « so that fruits grow in Algiers, Cairo, Rabat, Amman, Beirut and Ramallah from the seeds planted in Lyon”.


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