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Merita H. Mece
 
 
 
Merita H. Mece is a PhD candidate at Clemson University in USA. She currently holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the International institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University, the Netherlands) and a Master of Science on Poverty Reduction and Development Management (University of Birmingham, UK). She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the Institute of the Family and Neighborhood Life. Her research interest is on community development, human rights, migration studies, family life and minority rights. She has been written various articles in international journals and has presented her papers in various international conferences.
 
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 1, Supp. 1 | May 2016
 
 
 
IRREGULAR MIGRATION FLOWS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE WESTERN BALKAN COUNTRIES: CHALLENGES OF THE CONVERGENCE OF COUNTER - TRAFFICKING RESPONSE
Merita H. Mece
 
 
 
 
Abstract
 
Irregular migration on the Western Balkan route has marked an unprecedented number during the last five years. Evidence indicates that both, non-European nationals and Western Balkan citizens have been involved in this complex migratory flow being exposed to various risks of human trafficking. But Western Balkan countries are source, transit and destination countries of human trafficking while their states are not well organized to implement a comprehensive and well-coordinated regional response to combat it. This paper aims at examining challenges faced by the Western Balkan countries to converge anti-trafficking response while facing increased irregular migratory waves. Using secondary data it illustrates various disparities and differences among them concluding that a well-coordinated, multi-faceted and integrated regional response is needed to combat this humanitarian problem.
 
 
Keywords
 
irregular migration; Western Balkan route; human trafficking; weak state; counter-trafficking response
 
 
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