Webinar on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks arising from Migrant Smuggling

Migrant smuggling is a global issue. Criminals take advantage of the sometimes desperate plight of individuals seeking a better life and often have little regard for the migrants’ safety. The proceeds generated by migrant smuggling are estimated to exceed USD10 billion every year.

Countries should do more to “follow the money” and strengthen international cooperation in order to make this crime unprofitable and prevent the human loss from migrant smuggling. 

The FATF organised a webinar on 13 July which brought together civil society, public and private sector, and academia to discuss key findings from the recent FATF report on money laundering and terrorist financing risks arising from migrant smuggling and possible solutions to detect and prevent migrant smuggling. The panel discussed how migrant smugglers have changed their modi operandi in recent years, how to better detect smugglers’ illegal money, and what state authorities, private sector and NPOs can do in order to fight this illegal business.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can watch or listen to the recording of the webinar: 




Dr Khalid KOSER

Founder and Executive Director

Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund



Director of the West Africa Observatory

Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Salvador BRISENO

Criminal Intelligence Officer, Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants Unit




Head of Risk, investigation and Analytics

One International Bank

Melissa SIEGEL

Head of Migration Studies and Head of the Migration and Development research section

UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University

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