11 Apr 2014
Migration, asylum and trafficking in human beings (THB), caused by economic crisis and conflict, are on the rise worldwide and the related security and human rights aspects are high on international and national agendas. Switzerland, as an important destination country for migrants, is confronted with new challenges caused by the increasing influx of people to Europe and needs to ensure the protection of the rights of both migrants and victims of human trafficking while at the same time deal with ever tighter immigration laws. Crimes and human rights violations such as forced begging, labour exploitation of migrants, and trafficking for sexual exploitation call for a strong and well-coordinated response and collaboration between authorities, non-governmental organizations and individuals to effectively tackle these forms of crime. In addition, there is a need to address the demand factors (such as cheap labour, illegal activities, labour opportunities) and protect the rights of the victims.
DCAF organized a round table discussion to bring together relevant local and international organisations of Geneva (and greater Switzerland – DCAF, IOM, ILO, UN, OSCE, FIZ, KSMM, Geneva police) to exchange experiences and information on trafficking in human beings within the framework of our programme on migration, asylum and counter-THB.
Co-hosted with IOM, this half day event consisted of two sections, one on general presentations regarding the latest trends and developments as related to Europe on migration, labour exploitation and trafficking in human beings (THB). The second section was to discuss more in detail the problem of (forced) begging (following the attached report from the PIP project in Romania overseen by DCAF ) and the aspect of demand reduction as a strategy to tackle THB as part of the research project DemandAT funded by the EU.
This event is under the project that has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 612869.
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