Event Date and time: October 28 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Venue details: Kings College, London | Strand Campus | London, WC2R 2LS

Organisers: Africa Research Group | africagroup@kcl.ac.uk |

Event website: Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour

Event cost: Free

Speakers: Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, and Peter Tinti, independent journalist and Senior Research Fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.

Chair: Dr Kieran Mitton, Co-Chair of the Africa Research Group, King’s College London.

Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano discuss the findings of their book, ‘Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour‘, an investigation of the ‘great migration crisis of our time’ and who profits from it.

Book Description

“As millions of people seek passage to Europe in order to escape conflict, repression, poverty and natural catastrophe, their movements are enabled and encouraged by ruthless professional criminal networks that earn billions of pounds from this insidious new trade. Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour investigates one of the most under-examined aspects of the great migration crisis of our time to discover who profits from it.

The human suffering that results extends well beyond the Mediterranean: the smugglers’ routes cross the Sahara, penetrate deep into the Balkans and reach hidden corners of Europe’s capitals. But smugglers are also revered as saviours by many of those they move, delivering them to a safer place and a better life. Disconcertingly, it is often criminals who help the most desperate, 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 their long term impact on both migration and global organised crime.”

Author Profiles

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 has been studying organised crime networks and their impact on governance, conflict and development for over twenty years, both in the UN System, and as the head of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, which she co-founded in 2013. She is based in Beirut, Lebanon.

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