BANGKOK, 3 November 2016 – A training course to enhance border security across Southeast Asia was held under the framework of the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II. Hosted by the Royal Thai Police, the nine-day course on integrated border management aimed to build the capacity of countries in the region to address crimes such as illegal immigration, people smuggling and border management using INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities.

Police Major General Pornchai Kuntee, Deputy Commissioner of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau said, “with the ASEAN region facing cross-border problems such as illegal migration and human trafficking, INTERPOL training under the EU-ASEAN programme is important in helping build knowledge and connections for law enforcement in the region.”

The training focused on policing capabilities and border management programme, effective presentation skills, migrant smuggling and human trafficking investigative techniques, counterfeit document analysis, interviewing methods, understanding legal frameworks, and human rights.

“The EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme deals with one of the most pressing challenges of our times – the growing movement of people across borders in an ever more global and connected world in which criminal organisations see no borders,” said Franck Viault, Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.

The EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II was launched on 20 October 2015 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. This three-year programme, funded by the EU and implemented by INTERPOL, aims to support ASEAN in its integration process through the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. In particular, the programme intends to improve people-to-people connectivity by strengthening law enforcement agencies’ networks and cooperation at regional transit hubs, and by working on easing visa requirements for ASEAN and non-ASEAN nationals within ASEAN.