Criminal nonwhite “smuggling” rings “smuggled” at least 2.5 million other nonwhites around the world in 2016, with the vast majority going to white countries, a new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report has revealed.
The report, titled “Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants,” released on June 13, 2018, said that of the 2.5 million nonwhites illegally smuggled across borders in 2016, at least 820,000 were to America and at least 375,000 to Europe.
The report estimated that the smuggling gangs earned up to US$7 billion for their crimes, “equivalent to what the United States or the European Union countries spent on global humanitarian aid in 2016.”
The report said that these figures represent “only the known portion of this crime,” and that the “considerable information gaps” mean that the actual figures are likely much higher.
The smugglers’ fees “are largely determined by the distance of the smuggling trajectory, number of border crossings, geographic conditions, means of transport, the use of fraudulent travel or identity documents, risk of detection and others,” the report said.
“The fees are not fixed, and may change according to the migrants’ profiles and their perceived wealth. For example, Syrian citizens are often charged more than many other migrants for smuggling along the Mediterranean routes (an extra charge that may or may not lead to a safer or more comfortable journey).”
The UN report was very clear on the topic of who the smuggling gangs are: “Smugglers are often ethnically connected to smuggled migrants or geographically linked to the smuggling territory.”
“As a general pattern, smaller-scale smugglers are either ethnically linked to the territories where they operate, or they share ethnic or linguistic ties with the migrants they smuggle.
“Smugglers who are in charge of recruiting, promoting and selling smuggling packages normally market their activities to people from the same community or same ethnic group, or at least the same citizenship.
“Smugglers in charge of facilitating the actual border crossing have extensive knowledge of the territory to be crossed and the best methods to reach the destination. Ethnic and/or linguistic ties between smugglers and migrants is one of the elements that often brings migrants and smugglers together.”
Furthermore, their activities are enabled by the corrupt Third World border officials with whom they have to deal, the UN report continued.
“Many smuggling networks engage in systematic corruption at most levels; from petty corruption at individual border control points to grand corruption at higher levels of government. Corrupt practices linked to migrant smuggling have been reported along nearly all the identified routes.”
The study also looks at the gender composition of the smuggled nonwhites and concluded that “most of them are relatively young men.” However, on some routes, “notably in parts of South-East Asia, however, women comprise large shares of smuggled migrants.”