Weekly news – 22 June 2018

Publikováno: 22. června 2018

This week, we’re putting a spotlight on refugees and corruption.

Following #WorldRefugeeDay, the issue is particularly important – especially after the disturbing news coming from the United States, where US authorities have separated asylum-seeking families.

According the UN Refugee Agency, the world is currently witnessing the highest levels of displaced people on record.

An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

Although corruption alone doesn’t drive refugees to flee their countries, research shows it is often a top contributor to the overall violence and instability that forces people to run.

In fact, 57 per cent of refugees worldwide come from South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria: 3 of the 5 most corrupt countries in the world, according to our CPI 2017.

From the moment they leave home, asylum seekers confront corruption at nearly every step of their journey.

From smugglers who bribe officials to issue fake passports or visas, to border control or immigration officers who turn a blind eye to refugees as they pass, asylum seekers are often forced to pay extortionist rates to guarantee their trip – but sometimes at too high a cost.

Dodgy rubber dinghies, fake life vests, or captains who abandon their ships, have led to more than 17,000 deaths or missing people en route to Europe and the US since 2014.

Curbing corruption is critical to ensuring that refugees don’t end up paying the ultimate price for their safety.

News from Transparency International

Czech Republic: Andrej Babiš is our controlling person (beneficial owner), says Agrofert

Transparency International Czech Republic (TI) found in the Slovak Register that Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, is the controlling person (beneficial owner) of Agrofert a.s. The findings may have serious implications for the areas of ​​conflict of interest and EU funding policies.

New on Voices for Transparency

Nuclear espionage whistleblower: “The Pakistani nuclear bomb is made in Holland”

Tomorrow, 23 June, is World Whistleblowing Day! To mark this occasion, we share an exclusive interview with the Dutch whistleblower Frits Veerman, who revealed the great nuclear espionage of the 1970s.

Interview conducted by Lotte Rooijendijk, Transparency International Netherlands (TI-NL) 

Dubai real estate: a money launderer’s paradise

With its luxury hotels, skyscrapers and man-made islands, Dubai projects an image to the world of an ultra-modern luxury paradise. Behind the shimmering cityscape lies one of the most secretive — and cash-friendly — money-laundering hubs in the world.

Source: Transparency International

An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.