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Modern slavery risks along Europe’s Western migrant route

The migrant crisis in the central and eastern Mediterranean is well documented, however, illegal migration along the western route, into Spain from North Africa, is growing at a faster rate. Verisk Maplecroft analyses the journey of migrants along the route highlighting the associated risks to business along the way.

Given Spain’s importance as an exporter of fruit to the wider European market, the potential for illegal migrant workers using the western route appearing in European agricultural supply chains is growing. We analyse the potential for these illegal migrants to become exposed to modern slavery conditions, and also focus on the disruptive effect the route has on shipping in the Mediterranean and the southern Spanish tourist industry.

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