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Thursday, December 1 • 17:30 - 19:30
Corruption and Migration: Connecting the Flows of Money and Refugees

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Global forced displacement reached record numbers in 2015 with 65.3 million people having fled their homes, according to UN estimates. The EU is currently facing its biggest influx of refugees in contemporary history. More Knowledge is needed on how corruption drives conflict-induced displacement, facilitates border-crossings, and deters return migration. This workshop will be structured around these key themes, bringing together researchers and practitioners.

Firstly, corruption drives displacement. When people in war-affected countries flee their homes, violence is rarely the only cause. At war-time, the trust and social fabric of society disintegrates and the state no longer monopolizes violence. For ordinary citizens, this translates into poor economic prospects and threats to their human security by militias, war lords, and smuggling and criminal networks who prosper in the informal economy. State institutions that are too weak to prevent corruption, or which actively facilitate it, fail to serve and protect citizens who seek a better life elsewhere. The workshop will shed light on corruption as a push-factor.

Secondly, corruption allows for the displaced to cross international borders. As it becomes ever more difficult to cross borders in search of protection, corruption facilitates it both for those who need protection and those who do not. Corrupt border and immigration and other government officials produce false documents, turn a blind eye to human smuggling, and shield employers of unauthorized immigrants. Rich migrants can afford to avoid the dangers that face poor migrants during the journey, as professional human-smuggling services often provide the safest forms of travel. The workshop will discuss the weaknesses of current enforcement-based approaches to control corruption in border control.

Finally, corruption deters post-conflict return migration. Corruption tends to thrive in post-conflict societies. The informal structures and actors who emerged during war-time are often central to the de facto distribution of power once the conflict has formally ended, and prevent the sustainable peace that attracts return migrants. More specifically, corruption has been found to disrupt property restitution mechanisms and reintegration assistance, undercutting their effectiveness through embezzlement, bribery and inflated procurement costs. Workshop panelists will discuss examples form Afghanistan and Iraq, two major refugee-producing countries.

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Arne Strand

Director, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre
Strand leads the U4 Centre that provide development donors and practitioners with relevant anti-corruption resources; including our own applied research, publications, a helpdesk service and online training.   U4 is based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute where Strand has since 2001 conducted research and led a number of evaluations on aid coordination, development and humanitarian assistance, fragile contexts, migration, return migration and reintegration.   Prior to joining CM... Read More →


Leanne Govindsamy

Head of Legal and Investigations Team, Corruption Watch
Leanne Govindsamy is an attorney and currently Head of the Legal and Investigations team at Corruption Watch, a South African NGO which aims to expose corruption and the abuse of public funds and public power through the release of investigative outcomes, community outreach, public... Read More →
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Erlend Paasche

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo
Erlend Paasche is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, specializing on the corruption-migration nexus. As a consultant, he has taken part in several governmentally commissioned evaluations of Return programmes for rejected asylum seekers in Norway to Iraq, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Kosovo and Nigeria. As a doctoral researcher he wrote the dissertation Return Migration and Corruption: Experiences of Ir... Read More →
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Klaus Tanzberger

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Since December 2015 Klaus Tanzberger has been desk officer for anti-corruption and integrity in the division "Sectoral and thematic policies; governance, democracy; rule of law; freedom of speech and of the press" of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ... Read More →
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Peter Tinti

Senior Research Fellow, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Peter Tinti is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. As part of his work for the Global Initiative, Tinti has written and contributed to several reports on organized crime in the Sahel as well as migrant smuggling networks in Africa... Read More →

Session Coordinator

Jessica Schultz

Senior Advisor, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

Thursday December 1, 2016 17:30 - 19:30

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