EMN EU Launch Event: Study on third-country national victims of human trafficking

25 Mar 2022

Third-country nationals account for more than half of the registered victims of trafficking in EU Member States. Vulnerable migrants have been reported to be at persistent risk of becoming victims of trafficking along migratory routes. Their detection and identification in mixed migration flows remains a challenge in a number of EU Member States. This can relate to tensions with the current legal framework (especially within asylum procedures) as well as to disruption in victim assistance and support services.

This online event marks the publication of the EMN EU synthesis on the detection, identification and protection of third-country national victims of trafficking in human beings. It will present the main findings, as well as spark discussion on the latest legal developments, priorities and key findings with high-level European and international stakeholders.

Date: 31 March 2022

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 Irish Time (10:00 – 13:00 CEST)


  • Keynote speech: Diane Schmitt, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
  • Valiant Richey, Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Ilias Chatzis, Chief of the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Nina Gregori, Executive Director, European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA)


Further information and the full agenda.

The report is available here.

The Irish National Report ‘Detection, identification, and protection of victims of human trafficking in Ireland’, will be published on 26 April 2022.