Policy Press

Smuggling and Trafficking of Migrants in Southern Europe

Criminal Actors, Dynamics and Migration Policies

By Stefano Becucci

Published

Mar 25, 2024

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529222531

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 25, 2024

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529222548

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 25, 2024

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529222548

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Smuggling and Trafficking of Migrants in Southern Europe

This book provides a contemporary overview of migrant smuggling and trafficking in Southern Europe, focusing on Spain, Italy and Greece. It considers how criminal players increase such activity and investigates institutional and structural constraints to legal migration in Southern Europe.

Migrant workers satisfy the need for a cheap workforce to sustain Southern Europe’s economy, and laws to counter irregular migration alter smuggling routes and expose migrants to forms of exploitation upon reaching their destination. Revealing institutional, economic and criminal factors, the book explains the persistence of migrant smuggling and trafficking.

“Stefano Becucci’s timely work into the urgent issue of migrant smuggling and trafficking in Southern Europe is a crucial read on challenges that demand immediate attention and action. From criminal actors to migration policies, the book dissects the pressing issues at the forefront of today’s agendas.” Damián Zaitch, Utrecht University

Stefano Becucci is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Florence. His research interests are the inclusion and exclusion of migrants in the receiving society, human smuggling and trafficking, and organized crime in Italy and other European countries.

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Theoretical frameworks on migrant smuggling

Chapter 3. Irregular migration towards Southern Europe

Chapter 4. Trafficking of migrants for sexual and labour exploitation

Chapter 5. In search of explanations

Appendix