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The Migration Crisis in the Digital Age: How the Use of Smartphones and Technology has Impacted Migration and Trafficking

About This Webinar

Between 2015 and 2020, both speakers carried out field studies across the refugee camps, hotspots and borders within: North Africa, Sicily, Serbia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Mexico City, Iraqi Kurdistan, Northeast Syria and Iran, witnessing the trauma experienced by those who had direct contact with war, social conflict, human trafficking, slavery, and human rights violations. This was a unique period in human history, since for the first time, the digital medium played a vital role in all these processes. Leading to the first migration crisis and exodus of the digital age.

Both speakers will discuss in detail how the smartphone, with its numerous applications, such as, for example: Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, You Tube, Vimeo and networked technologies, such as 3G or 4G, played a vital role in the lives of refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, traffickers of human beings and security forces working in these areas.

Further, we will highlight how, research findings, were shared via conferences and presentations across academic institutions in Europe and Central America. Leading to cooperation with members of the Spanish National Police and staff of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, North Macedonia.

In this interactive and engaging webinar, experts will discuss and demonstrate the impact of the digital age on migration, trafficking of human beings and transnational organised crime.

We will also investigate the probable reasons behind migratory movements, based on first raw data, and then research in the field, and how migrants and traffickers use mobile phones to communicate.

The interactive presentations, we will be drawing on the presenters’ areas of expertise, and using multimedia content and witness testimony from the field.

Join us and discover more about:
– How have smartphones and networked technologies been used by organised gangs to coordinate trafficking
– How migrants utilise technologies to plan movements
– Publications made on the area of expertise by the authors

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Editor Border Security Report / World Security Report
Editor of World Security Report, Border Security Report and Director of the World Border Security Congress
Webinar hosting presenter
Border Management and Trafficking in Persons, Spanish National Police
Ms Maria de Benito Rodriguez is a Spanish police officer with more than 15 years of experience dealing with Border Management and Trafficking in Persons with the Spanish National Police and various International Organizations.
Among her international experience is the United Nations Police Division as a Community Policing Officer at the UN Standing Police Capacity (2020-2021) where her work contributed to development of the Border Management´s guidelines for UN contributing countries and the support to the UN Peacekeeping Missions in the areas of Community Policing and Border Management.
From 2017 to 2020 she was appointed as a Migrants/Refugees Security Adviser to the OSCE Mission to Skopje with the main task of developing the “Contingency Plan for better management of large groups of migrants” and assisting and coaching the law enforcement authorities and other stakeholders of North Macedonia in designing and implementing adequate policies and regulations that enhanced the capacities of the institutions and improved the prevention of Trafficking in Persons.
Maria was also seconded to the European Asylum Support Office in Sicily as an International Protection Expert (2015-2016). During this assignment her main task was to identify the potential people in need of International Protection.
Maria holds a Master's degree in Migration Management from the Business School (Barcelona) and a Postgraduate degree in Police Intervention dealing with Migrants from the Business School (Barcelona).
Webinar hosting presenter
Professor at the Faculty of Communications, University Nebrija, Madrid, Spain
Management Committee member and co-leader of ‘Women on the Move’ COST Action (CA19112).
Participant at the international network ‘Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change’ (CA20105).
Both programs founded under the frame of Horizon 2020 – European Union.
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