The challenges facing border agencies across the globe – whether run by immigration, customs, police, or a combination of these – have never been greater.
In a world of globalisation, the volume of people and goods crossing borders continues to rise year on year. Managing these volumes whilst meeting public expectations of facilitation and security is becoming ever more complex.
The demands of both the international freight and travel industries for modern and innovative approaches to border control are increasing annually. Border agencies are relying increasingly upon technology – whether visible, in the form of automated border controls, or invisible such as data analytics and risk assessment – to manage these pressures.
At the same time threats posed by international organised crime, terrorism, smuggling, trafficking, and irregular migration must be met.
Border agencies cannot solve these pressures alone.
More than ever, they need help not just from other government departments and agencies, but also from other international partners and stakeholders.