I am delighted to announce that a book I wrote with Tuesday Reitano, Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour will be published in October by C. Hurst & Co. The UK release is slated for September 6, and you can pre-order it now either through the Hurst website or via Amazon.co.uk.
So far, we have received very positive reviews from several authoritative figures in the fields of migration and transnational organized crime:
“A graphic and highly readable account of the global human smuggling industry which dispels many of the myths surrounding this issue. Investigative journalism at its very best.”
— Jeff Crisp, Research Associate, Chatham House, and former Head of Policy Development and Evaluation, UNHCR
“This is a fascinating, nuanced and highly necessary account of an underworld that is much discussed but little understood, written by two of the leading experts in the field. I highly recommend it.”
— Patrick Kingsley, Migration Correspondent, The Guardian
“Tinti and Reitano offer a vivid virtual reality tour of the present-day odysseys of irregular migrants, from Aleppo and Agadez to Austria and the Arctic. Through their expert interpretation, we discover just how poorly our rigid labels capture the complexities of these informal political economies — and just how easily criminalisation can feed the smuggling industry it is meant to undermine.”
— James Cockayne, Head of Office at the UN, UN University, and author of Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime
“Tinti and Reitano’s book brings to life the tragic dimensions of the current refugee crisis and the smugglers who are an indispensable element in the refugees’ mobility. Grounded in a deep knowledge of the economics, politics and corruption behind this business, the authors present an account that is both readable but contains profound insights.”
— Louise Shelley, Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, George Mason University
“Migration is one of today’s game-changers and this book, rich in detail and well documented, excels in reminding the reader that migration reflects a basic human aspiration — the desire for dignity and security, but more particular, that for a better life. If this sounds familiar, it should—and no law is to change this.”
— Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
“A compelling and fresh perspective on migration, the business of smuggling and the risks people are willing to take for a chance at a better life. Reitano and Tinti have set the bar on empirical research interwoven with the often tragic stories of migrants and smugglers. A must read.”
— Anton du Plessis, Executive Director, Institute for Security Studies
Details of the US release are still being ironed out, but it should be available stateside in the early Spring. I’ll certainly keep you posted, but in the meantime, feel free to pick up a copy at the links above.