Borderpol world congress comes to Budapest

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The third BORDERPOL world congress starts at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest today (Tuesday, December 9) and runs until Thursday.

Billed as the annual gathering of border and migration management professionals, the congress represents something of a homecoming for BORDERPOL (a Canadian-registered non-profit whose mission is to promote safe and secure borders), as it was founded as a peer-driven grassroots movement in Budapest in 2002.

Hosted by the Hungarian interior ministry and the Hungarian Police, each day has a full range of plenary sessions, breakout meetings, closed agency workshops and panel discussions, covering everything from illegal migration, to cross border crimes, to trafficking trends (of people, drugs and counterfeit goods), to improving legitimate movement of people and goods and even the future life expectancy of the book-style passport.

Keynote speakers include Patrick Abba Morro, Nigeria’s Minister of Interior (who will talk about the diverse security challenges facing Africa’s largest economy from the Ebola crisis to Boko Haram and illegal migration), and Dmitry Nekrasov, head of the department of customs legislation and law enforcement practice at the Eurasian Economic Commission: The EEC represents Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. It has a population of more than 170 million people, covers 15% of the world’s land mass and borders Europe, Central Asia and Asia.

Neil Walker, director of programs and events at BORDERPOL and one of the organizers of the conference, says it is possible for people to register at the door if they are interested in participating (the full schedule is available at www.world-borderpol-congress.com). Attending the conference itself will require payment on the spot, but there is an associated free-of-charge exhibition on Wednesday and Thursday.

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