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21 oct 2015

Invisible immigrants: A profile of irregular migration, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons in Trinidad and Tobago

Irregular migration, human trafficking and migrant smuggling not only lead to the infringement of migrants’ human rights, but also undermine their potential economic and welfare contributions to the development of countries. Drawing from a qualitative methodology that included the use of semistructured interviews and content analysis, this study underlines the reverse effect that these phenomena have on development advances in Trinidad and Tobago. Its main goal is to contribute to the elaboration of evidence-based policies capable of maximizing the potential contribution of migration to the development of the country. Specifically, its recommendations seek to facilitate the improvement of the programmatic and policy framework on cross-border migration, as well as to foster the expansion of legal channels for migration as a way to address the root causes of irregular migration.

  • List of acronyms and abbreviations
  • List of tables and figures
  • Executive summary
  • Résumé exécutif
  • Resumo executivo
  • 1. Introduction and background
  • 2. Methodology
    • 2.1 Overview
    • 2.2 Goals of fieldwork
    • 2.3 Fieldwork strategy
  • 3. Literature review
    • 3.1 Migration
  • 4. Key findings
    • 4.1 Irregular migration
    • 4.2 Smuggling of migrants
    • 4.3 Trafficking in persons
    • 4.4 Asylum-seekers
    • 4.5 Border control
    • 4.6 Migration and development
  • 5. Conclusions
  • 6. Key recommendations
    • 6.1 Irregular migration
    • 6.2 Smuggling of migrants
    • 6.3 Trafficking in persons
    • 6.4 Asylum-seekers
    • 6.5 Border control
    • 6.6 Migration and development
  • 7. Bibliographical references
  • 8. Appendices