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Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour

Peter Tinti Tuesday Reitano



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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
22 February 2018
Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour investigates one of the most under-examined aspects of the great migration crisis of our time. As millions seek passage to Europe in order to escape conflicts, repressive governments and poverty, their movements are enabled and actively encouraged by professional criminal networks that earn billions of dollars. Many of these smugglers carry out their activities with little regard for human rights, which has led to a manifold increase in human suffering, not only in the Mediterranean Sea, but also along the overland smuggling routes that cross the Sahara, penetrate deep into the Balkans, and into hidden corners of Europe's capitals. But others are revered as saviours by those that they move, for it is they who deliver men, women and children to a safer place and better life. Disconcertingly, it is often criminals who help the most desperate among us when the international system turns them away. This book is a measured attempt, born of years of research and reporting in the field, to better understand how people-smuggling networks function, the ways in which they have evolved, and what they mean for peace and security in the future.
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Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781849049535
ISBN 10:   184904953X
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Tinti is an independent journalist and Senior Research Fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime. Formerly based in West Africa, his writing, reporting and photography has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and Vice, among other outlets. Tuesday Reitano is the Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. She has also studied organised crime networks at the UN.

Reviews for Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour

'The authors leap around, with vivid reporting from Niger, Libya, the Balkans, Turkey and Egypt, among other places ... The book's key contention-that tighter rules inspire entrepreneurs to create new, more dangerous and criminal smuggling routes-is persuasive.' * The Economist * 'Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour argues that the world needs to understand how networks of traffickers function if it is to get to grips with this migration crisis. Co-authors Tinti and Reitano ... use a mixture of reportage, first-hand accounts from migrants and extensive research to uncover a series of complex transnational industries that exist to help migrants bypass barriers - whether geographic, man-made or political - for a profit.' * Financial Times * 'This is a fascinating, nuanced and highly necessary account of an underworld that is much discussed but little understood, written by two of the leading experts in the field. I highly recommend it.' * Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian * 'Powerful analysis, groundbreaking research, vividly and journalistically expressed. This is a must-read for policy makers - and anyone who wants a more truthful approach to a defining story of our age.' * New Internationalist * 'A very interesting look at the human smuggling industry.' 'A graphic and highly readable account of the global human smuggling industry which dispels many of the myths surrounding this issue. Investigative journalism at its very best.' * Jeff Crisp, Research Associate, Chatham House, and former Head of Policy Development and Evaluation, UNHCR * 'Tinti and Reitano's book brings to life the tragic dimensions of the current refugee crisis and the smugglers who are an indispensable element in the refugees' mobility. Grounded in a deep knowledge of the economics, politics and corruption behind this business, the authors present an account that is both readable but contains profound insights.' * Louise Shelley, Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, George Mason University * 'Migration is one of today's game-changers and this book, rich in detail and well documented, excels in reminding the reader that migration reflects a basic human aspiration - the desire for dignity and security, but more particular, that for a better life. If this sounds familiar, it should-and no law is to change this.' * Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) * 'Tinti and Reitano offer a vivid virtual reality tour of the present-day odysseys of irregular migrants, from Aleppo and Agadez to Austria and the Arctic. Through their expert interpretation, we discover just how poorly our rigid labels capture the complexities of these informal political economies - and just how easily criminalisation can feed the smuggling industry it is meant to undermine.' * James Cockayne, Head of Office at the UN, UN University, and author of Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime *

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