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Bali Process challenged by rise in irregular migrants

  • Desy Nurhayati

    Bali Daily

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 13 2012   /  10:56 am

The continuing increase in irregular migrants remains one of the main challenges for the Asia Pacific region despite the region’s ongoing efforts to address the issues of people smuggling, human trafficking and other related transnational crimes.

“The numbers keep on rising despite our collective efforts in dealing with those crimes,” Hasan Kleib, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for multilateral affairs, said on Monday during the commemoration of the 10th year of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Human Trafficking and Related Transnational Crime — a regional framework co-chaired by Indonesia and Australia.

Among the main causes of this rising trend is the fact that people smuggling and human trafficking are still lucrative crimes.

“According to the report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, criminals are estimated to generate arou...