World Border Security Congress

World Border Security Congress

Co-operating towards Collaborating

Developing strategic international border management solutions

Latest Preliminary Congress Programme

The World Border Security Congress has updated the Preliminary Congress Programme (pdf) with the agenda and topics that will be discussed at the forthcoming congress. With key Closed Agency Workshops, and hot topics being addressed for the international borders community, dont miss your opportunity to engage with the key border agencies and agencies at the border.

Download the Preliminary Congress Guide >>

Conference presentations will be conducted in English with Spanish and French simultaneous translation services.
Las presentaciones de la conferencia se realizarán en inglés con servicios de traducción simultánea en español y francés.
Les présentations de la conférence se dérouleront en anglais avec des services de traduction simultanée en espagnol et en français.

Latest Speakers Confirmed:

– Major General Abdelghani Hamel, Director General of National Security, Algeria & President of the General Assembly of AFRIPOL
– Lieutenant-General Vasyl Servatiuk, The First Deputy Head, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
– Mike Stepney, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Border Force UK
– Alexey Volskiy, First Deputy Head of Coast Guard Department, Russia Border Guard Service
– Jesus Gomez, Chief Commissioner, Madrid Barajas Aiport and Police HQ, Spanish National Police
– Abdulnasser Segayer, Head of Libyan Border Guards
– Ian Waterfield, Director of Operations, UK Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
– Nuria Fermoso, Regional Manager Passenger Experience & Facilitation Europe, IATA
– Capt Ignacio Garcia De Paredes, Operations Assistant Chief of Staff, EUNAVFOR MED – Operation SOPHIA
– Dr. Tunji Asaolu, Chairperson, Social Affairs and Health Cluster Committee of the African Union-Economic, Social and Cultural Council
– Major Michael Jones, Chief Operations Officer and Acting Executive Director, IMPACS Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC)
– Dr Enrique Belda, Deputy Director General of Information Systems and Communications for Security Secretary of State for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain
– Antonio Doblas Jimenez, Lieutenant Colonel Head of the National Coordination Centre-EUROSUR Spain
– Gregor Pelzl, Head of Coordination Office for Migration and PNR, German Federal Police
– Bjorn Clarberg, Team Leader, Border Management and Migration Team, EUBAM Libya
– Rasa Ostrauskaite, Director, Transnational Threats Department, OSCE
– Dr Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, European Commission
– Florian Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Department of Migration Management (DMM), International Organization for Migration
– BG Col. Sławomir Markowski, Head of Unit for Border Infrastructure and Information, Border Management Department, Polish Border Guard HQ
– Babatunde Olomu, Assistant Comptroller of customs, Nigeria Customs Service
– James Shaw, Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
– Justice Amevor, Assistant Commissioner Immigration, Ghana Immigration

For full list of speakers >>

Site Tour – Madrid Barajas International Airport

The World Border Security Congress is delighted the Spanish National Police will be demonstrating the new ABC gates, with integrated fingerprint recognition, along with other initiatives on airport procedures, immigration and customs, for delegates of the 2017 World Border Security Congress on Tuesday 20th March.

Click here for further details >>

Current Border Security Challenges:
– Migration Crisis Tests European Consensus and Governance
– Migrants and refugees streaming into Europe from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia
– Big Business of Smuggling Enables Mass Movement of People for Enormous Profits
– Climate Change and Natural Disasters Displace Millions, Affect Migration Flows
– Europe and the United States Confront Significant Flows of Unaccompanied Child Migrants
– Tackling Southeast Asia’s Migration Challenge
– ISIS threatens to send 500,000 migrants to Europe
– Border Skirmishes Resonate in National Domestic Politics
– Women’s Labour Migration from Asia and the Pacific

As we see the continued escalation of the global migration crisis, with mass movements of people fleeing the war zones of the Middle East as well as illegal economic immigration from Africa and elsewhere, international terrorism shows every sign of increasing, posing real threats to the free movement of people.

The world is expected to see a continuation of the migration challenges for the border management and security community, as little sign of peace and security in the Middle East is apparent and porous borders in Africa continue to provide challenges.

International organised criminal gangs and human and drug trafficking groups exploit opportunities and increasingly use the internet and technology to enhance their activities.

Controlling and managing international borders in the 21st Century continues to challenge the border control and immigration agencies around the world. It is generally agreed that in a globalised world borders should be as open as possible, but threats continue to remain in ever evolving circumstances and situations.

Advancements in technology are assisting in the battle to maintain safe and secure international travel. The border security professional still remains the front line against these threats.

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

In 2017:
Countries represented – 40
Heads/Deputy Heads of Service – 14
Head/Deputy Heads of Dept/Division – 53
Senior Official/Project Manager – 38
Embassies – 12

We need to continue the discussion, collaboration and intelligence sharing.

The World Border Security Congress, supported by the Ministry of Interior of Spain, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), African Union ECOSOCC (AU-ECOSOCC), European Association of Airport & Seaport Police, International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border  protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders.

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