Iliuta Cumpanasu

Iliuta Cumpanasu

  • West University Timisoara
  • Romania

Mr Iliuta Cumpanasu has a sound background in law enforcement, following the steps of his career from police officer to the Head of the Border Police Regional Inspectorate Timisoara.

Considering his educational background, he holds a dual degree in economics and law, as well as a European Joint Master’s in Strategic Border Management. He is currently in the second year of PhD program at West University in Romania, where his thesis proposal focuses on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the irregular migration patterns and its impact on public spending


  • Managing Migration (organised crime as cover for migrant smuggling and THB)

    It is well established that organised crime groups are able to adapt and evolve to use any weakness or vulnerability at our borders as a cover for nefarious activities. The migration crises we are experiencing on the southern borders of the US and EU offer prime opportunities for criminal activities, including smuggling migrants for money, which is generally a voluntary transaction but leaves migrants dangerously exposed to death, injury and abuse, and THB, which is the forced trafficking of persons. Regions of Asia are also experiencing unprecedented levels of THB, often for the vice trade. What are the latest challenges with migrant smuggling and THB, how do these two crimes differ in terms of methodology and how does can the international community combat cross-border crimes or irregular migration?