News/AUSTRALIA: CRIMINALS REAP RICHES FROM PEOPLE SMUGGLING.

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Subject: News/AUSTRALIA: CRIMINALS REAP RICHES FROM PEOPLE SMUGGLING.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Nov 17 1999 - 21:06:52 EST


I don't know who they came up with this number.....it appears to be a
combination of trafficking & smuggling.

melanie.....

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11-11-99 AUSTRALIA: CRIMINALS REAP RICHES FROM PEOPLE SMUGGLING.
By Michael Madigan.
MULTI-national criminals reaping up to $10 billion from people smuggling
are targeting Australia because it protects refugees.
The Australian Institute of Criminology was told yesterday the
migrant-trafficking business was now worth between $3 billion and $10
billion annually.
Trans-national criminals exploiting globalisation have established traffic
routes through numerous countries with multiple modes of transport on
standby.
Arms and drugs are being added to the equation as criminals with a global
view outwit law enforcement agencies with a largely domestic approach.
Almost 700 illegal immigrants have arrived in Australia during the past few
days and more boatloads are on the way. The influx is creating a refugee
crisis and has overwhelmed detention facilities, forcing the Federal
Government to build another holding centre in outback South Australia.
Andreas Schloenhardt of the University of Adelaide told the AIC that
Australia and New Zealand were among the most viable destinations for
illegal migrants because both had signed international agreements
protecting refugees.
While their humanitarianism was laudable, the practical effect was "more
refugees".
Many other countries in the Asia-Pacific were reluctant to act against
illegal immigrants because the immigrants helped developing economies. They
worked for low wages and did not drain the welfare system because they had
no legal entitlements, he said.
Mr Schloenhardt said it was estimated in Thailand alone illegal migrants
were generating $3.2 billion annually by 1996.
"The global profits of Chinese trafficking organisations are estimated to
exceed $2.4 billion to $3.5 billion making trafficking a priority activity
of many Chinese criminal organisations," he said.
Mr Schloenhardt said there was evidence criminals behind illegal
immigration were exploiting economic opportunities arising from
globalisation. "With the trade restrictions of international borders
declining and the decreasing distinction between domestic and international
markets, criminal organisations have opened themselves to transnational
operations around the world," he said.
AIC director Adam Graycar said people smuggling could not only compromise
domestic immigration programs, but spark international tensions. -
SECT-News.
(c) 1999 Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd.
COURIER MAIL (BRISBANE) 11/11/1999 P6

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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