People Smuggling

In view of this dilemma, UNHCR has a particular role to play in supporting governments reconcile measures to address the smuggling of refugees with ensuring that the international protection needs of those on the move are met. For example, UNHCR is directly concerned with ensuring that national laws on smuggling do not criminalize smuggled persons nor persons who support refugees cross State borders for humanitarian reasons.

UNHCR also supports the development of international best practice – and regularly advocates for more safe, regular and legal pathways to migration and admission. For instance, UNHCR provided extensive comments in the development of the UNODC Model Law against the Smuggling of Migrants and UNODC Toolkit to Combat the Smuggling of Migrants.