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30 June 2021


This is the video recording of the Prague Process Webinar ‘Social Capital and Transnational Human Smuggling: What is the impact of Counter-Smuggling Policies?’ with Mr Andrew Fallone, Researcher at the European University Institute, that took place on 6 May 2021.

All too often, the words “Human Smuggling” evoke images of handshakes in smoky rooms behind closed doors, overemphasizing the role of organized crime in facilitating irregular migration journeys. This webinar applied a critical perspective to the market for human smuggling, elucidating the role that personal relationships and community knowledge plays in shaping both migrants’ decisions and smuggling service providers’ operating practices. In doing so, this webinar provided policymakers, scholars, and informed observers with a more nuanced understanding of the far-reaching ramifications of counter-smuggling policies.

About the speaker

Andrew Fallone is a researcher at the European University Institute’s School of Transnational Governance, focusing on the impact of migration management policies. His professional background includes time with the German Federal Employment Agency’s Institute for Employment Research and the United Nations. He previously studied International Relations at the American University in Washington, D.C. and served as the Executive Editor of the World Mind journal.


The webinar was organised by the Prague Process Secretariat at ICMPD.