2022 Assembly


18 October is EU Anti-Trafficking Day-


Publication by the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development.

The yearly EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October makes both policymakers and the general public reflect upon the response to trafficking in human beings in Europe.

The publication, Stepping up the Fight against Trafficking for Labour Exploitation summarises the results from this initiative by reiterating the most important lessons learned. It provides a basis for the potential replication of one or more of the training sessions conducted in its framework. The model for designing multi-disciplinary transnational capacity-building activities, introduced by this publication, can serve as inspiration for cooperation and similar initiatives in other geographic areas.

ICMPD has long-standing experience working together with governments and civil society groups to develop policies and tools for a sustainable anti-trafficking response. Our organisation sees its role in tackling human trafficking as that of strengthening the capacity of national and local stakeholders, establishing new viable partnerships with actors across different sectors (public and private), as well as enhancing cooperation amongst relevant counterparts at a national, regional and European level. With a solid understanding of the principles of migration governance, we combine findings of academic and policy research with a recognition of the operational realities of practitioners.

ICMPD is proud to launch this publication today, as we believe that such initiatives, incrementally implemented across committed countries, can contribute substantially to increasing the number of persons identified in having been exploited and those who benefit from high standards of protection and assistance across borders.

ICMPD’s Competence Centre for Trafficking in Human Beings regularly publishes studies, guidelines, handbooks and training material. Publications are available for download free of charge on the ICMPD website.