Trafficking in human beings in the EU: A study of countries of destination (2016:2)

While there are many benefits to free mobility, it may also facilitate cross-border criminality. Human trafficking is today the third biggest international criminal activity and it is also one of the most profitable. At the same time, as with many cross-border aspects the EU is a suitable actor when it comes to combat trafficking. Hence, it is not surprising that trafficking recently has climbed on the EU’s list of priorities.
The purpose of this report is to focus on trafficking in the receiving countries in the EU. The authors suggest that the spotlight should be put on the demand for cheap labour and the role of the buyer; supporting research in this matter is crucial. Furthermore, the econometric exercise implies that the function of the judiciary has an impact on the number of reported cases of human trafficking. However, it is also concluded that the quality of data on human trafficking in the EU needs to be improved.

The publication is in Swedish and is a part of the SIEPS project Internal and external dimensions of a common asylum and migration policy.

Monika Hjeds Löfmark and Jonas Eriksson are Senior Researcher and Researcher in Economics at Sieps respectively.