The Migration Crisis in the Digital Age: Live Webinar

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


Since 2015 we have witnessed the first migration crisis and exodus of the digital age.

Numerous field studies have been carried out (in North Africa, Sicily, Hungary/Serbia, North Macedonia, Central America, Argelia, Iraki Kurdistan, Iran et al) since the start of the 2015 migrant crisis into how the smartphone, with its numerous applications, such as: telegram, whatsApp or social web 2.0, media: Facebook, Instagram, You Tube, Vimeo and networked technologies, such as 3G or 4G, have played a vital role points of data collection and communication systems for migrants, asylum seekers, traffickers of human beings and security forces.

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

– How are agencies and security forces using these technologies to counter the threat of migration and trafficking

We will also brief on present and future challenges regarding: ethical hacking for mobile networks security assessments and the 5G scenario.


Maria De Benito
Migrants/ refugees security adviser
OSCE Mission to Skopje

Dr. Prof. Miguel Oliveros Mediavilla
Professor and researcher 
Nebrija University, Spain