People smuggling: national security implications
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The smuggling and trafficking of human beings has increased throughout the world, owing to the globalisation process and other factors. The problem is exacerbated in size and seriousness by the growing involvement of organised crime groups. The smuggling of migrants by these organised crime groups disrupts established immigration policies of destination countries and often involves human rights abuses. The large scale unregulated movement of migrants across borders is increasingly being recognised by governments as an issue with major security implications. At the European Union International Meeting in Paris last month (20 July), Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock stated that "people smuggling represents a major threat to the international protection framework, national sovereignty and political stability". Threats to Australia's national sovereignty and political stability certainly represent threats to our nation's security.
Speech given at the Australian Defence College, Canberra, 14 August 2000, by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology, and Rebecca Tailby. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/