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With the recent migratory, economic and security challenges worldwide as well as in Europe, the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings continues to represent an issue which requires a coherent and coordinated response to address its effect upon individuals, society and the economy. According to the Modern Slavery Index 2017, an annual study by Verisk Maplecroft, over the last year modern slavery risks have risen in almost three quarters of the European Union, as 20 countries recorded a drop in their scores.

The research highlighted Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria as the five countries posing the highest risk in the EU, all of which are key entry points for migrants who are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation.

In light of the new commitment of the European Union to adopt new targeted actions to combat the growing challenge of human trafficking, this timely international symposium provided an invaluable opportunity to discuss and analyse effective mechanisms to prevent, address and strengthen multi-agency response.

Delegates had the opportunity to share best practice and discuss ways to protect the victims of human trafficking.

Please see Report on behalf of RENATE:  8th Annual International Symposium on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling- 17 April, 2018, Brussels. Organised by the Public Policy Exchange.

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

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