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An age-old problem rears its head as stowaways return as a threat to shipping

Maritime Risk International

An age-old problem rears its head as stowaways return as a threat to shipping

Clandestine migration, also characterised as stowaways, has been a problem for the maritime and freight transport sector for some time now. The risk during the current Covid-19 crisis has not diminished; in certain places it has increased. Michael Yarwood, of the TT Club examines the situation and offers advice on mitigation measures

The smuggling of people into North America and Europe has increased in recent years as migrants flee civil wars or persecution in their own countries, or simply seek better economic opportunities. Political imperatives in target countries have led to stricter immigration restrictions and increased government action, but this has generally resulted in more devious clandestine activity as criminals exploit increasing desperation.

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